My mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 58 years old. She has lived with this disease for the past 9 years and moved into a memory support unit 1 1/2 years ago. Alzheimer’s has stolen so many moments a mother and daughter should share. I was 27 years old when she was diagnosed and have needed my mother so many times since then but she’s not available to me like I need her to be. I had my first baby this year and I find caring for my mother and my baby is very similar. In a way, caring for my mother helped me prepare to be a mother. I am proud to be a supporter and fighter for a cure for Alzheimer’s.