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April 1st, 2015, has changed what I will think of on April Fools Day going forward. No longer will I think of the jokes or pranks being played. I will first think of with a smile on my face about Dena Dotson. A friend and advocate for dementia who lived her life honestly and brilliantly with the symptoms of the disease the very best she could.
Alzheimer’s Speaks is sadden with the loss of one of it’s experts living with dementia. Dena Dotson had thought long and hard over several years on her decision to leave this world in hopes of a better life. Although everyone may not agree with her decision, it is important for us to honor her work and advocacy to improve the lives of others living with dementia.
We will not judge her decision but accept the fact that none of us can really know what decision we would make if to walk in her shoes.
Today we know one thing, Dena no longer suffers from the symptoms of dementia which made her life unbearable. Today we will celebrate the gifts she gave us while here and grieve her loss together as a community as we journey forward together.
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There is one rule for this show:
Everyone is to be respectful to Dena and her family. There will be no tolerance for anything less. We can and will debate the issue of life and death choice with dementia at a later, more appropriate time.
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