Spouses and Partners

June 11, 2013 - Karen G

Editor's note: This piece originally appeared on Karen's personal blog 'Missing Jim' 

TO FRANCES AND BRAD, MY BEAUTIFUL, LOVING, INTELLIGENT CHILDREN:

My promises to you:

I promise to try to stay sane through this whole long process. Sometimes I don’t feel like I will be able to, but when I am with you, I know I can.

I promise to love you with all of my heart. Loving someone doesn’t mean giving them ice cream and chocolate every day.

October 18, 2011 - Trish Vradenburg

Earlier this month, George Vradenburg participated in his first meeting of the national Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services, which is charged with developing the first-ever national plan to combat Alzheimer’s. Using some connections (namely, that he’s my husband), I was able to secure an exclusive interview with Mr. Vradenburg, and we discussed how Alzheimer’s has affected him personally and the work he’s done to stop the disease.

TV: Thank you for meeting with me to discuss your work to end Alzheimer’s by 2020, Mr. Vradenburg.

May 6, 2011 - Trish Vradenburg

Over our dining room table we worked out a plan for a fundraiser for Alzheimer's. Ellen Proxmire and others were opting for a small, manageable event. Tony Sudler, the head of the Virginia/Maryland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association (a truly wonderful chapter) was willing to take either/anything. My husband George was almost 100% now, after having suffered a massive heart attack the year before (but that•s another saga for another time). Still, he was unsure if he should take on a big event.

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