I’m starting this fundraiser on behalf of one exceptionally strong individual. She’s the type of person who always puts herself before others. Even now as she begins to lose herself, she remains selfless.
Dear friends, family, and supportive strangers; firstly we’d like to thank you for your kindness and well wishes this past year. Your love, prayers and positive energy have provided a bright spot in ‘Connie’s’ life as it unfortunately rapidly becomes darker for her. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, even more so when it affects someone so early. My mother is just 48 and I’d hoped we wouldn’t have to, but we are now asking for financial help for ‘Connie’ and her care.
Being diagnosed with severe early onset Alzheimer’s has drastically impaired ‘Connie’s’ life. To add, she has already battled cancer on two fronts. While she survived both fights its left her with debilitating physical ailments. She can no longer work and relies on me her only child for companionship and support. Compounding with the loss of my job during the time of pandemic we are experiencing increasing issues balancing living and medical expenses.
Knowing my mother, she’s proud of all we’ve accomplished. Despite setbacks she has risen to every occasion and celebrated every gain no matter how small. I’d love to help bring a little piece of mind to her. I’m hoping to raise funds for a years worth of rental expenses to ensure having a roof over her head is one less thing she might have to worry about this year. So that instead she might focus on herself and preserving memories.
The past year has been a trying time for each and everyone of us We the ‘Lee’ family deeply appreciate any amount you can contribute.
Connie’s Alzheimer’s Journey
In October of 2019, at the young age of 45 Constance (Connie) Lee received confirmation of her early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis - more aggressive than the late-onset form of the disease.
At this time the general practitioner of Connie’s was closing her practice. She did her due diligence and informed us of our options until the end of November upon the official close, and provided referrals where applicable. At this time we’re informed there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Though she can mange her mental functions and slow the progress of disease.
Medication and mental stimulation can greatly help as a form of management and treatment. However Connie has other medical constraints and costs such as being a type 1 diabetic. On top the new medication recommended is only partially covered by our health care plan. She has battled cancer twice and has suffered severe muscle loss and has thusly lost some mobility. She is no longer able to work.
Primary care of Connie fell to me personally. I love my mom and am happy to do this as her only child. While dealing with this news in the early months of 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic was announced globally and further impeded our ability to balance medical costs and living expenses. Like many others I evidently lost my job during this time. I am not becoming increasingly worried in my inability to care for her properly. This is unacceptable to me and every day I am out working toward changing that. I want to be able to offer her some solace during this time and not add additional stress to her mind. I have applied for a new job which I am due to start, but at the moment I face a crisis in being able to pay her rent and medical fees.
Please help us remove this financial constraint currently holding Connie’s conscience. So that she might be free to enjoy a clear mind. Any and all donations help. Even taking the time to share Connie’s story on social media would be a hell to her and I.
Thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown my mom and I over the past year. From the bottom of my own heart I can’t express my gratitude in full. Thank you for reading.