Meet our Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's Penticton honouree: Sharon Stone
In early 2017, after Sharon Stone had been diagnosed with dementia, she did a PET scan, a test that shows the blood flow to and from organs. The result confirmed she had amyloid plaque, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, in her brain. She immediately called her husband to deliver the news: “Honey,” she said, “I passed!”
Sharon, Sharon, who from 1997-99 worked for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. providing support in the Penticton area, applies the same fearlessness and optimism to her dementia journey as to all areas of her life. Though she had mixed emotions about her initial diagnosis, she knew the PET scan results meant she could participate in a clinical trial for a drug that is thought to reduce amyloid plaques in the brain.
“I was actually looking forward to getting on with it,” Sharon says. “The whole family knew what was happening – and knew that I was hopefully being part of a cure.”
Because of her experience with the Society, Sharon was well aware of the impact Alzheimer’s disease could have on her life. She had also seen her mother cope with the disease. When Sharon’s children began noticing the same symptoms in Sharon that they had seen in her mother, she knew what to expect.
Sharon is a former member of the Crestview Curling Club in Edmonton, where she played before moving to Summerland 35 years ago. In 1966 – at just 19 years old – she competed in the Canadian Ladies Curling Championships. She continues to keep fit at Minds in Motion®, the Alzheimer Society of B.C.’s fitness and social program for people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Through it all, Sharon has maintained her philosophy: “Just do the best you can and don’t get discouraged when something goes wrong.”
Walk with Sharon at the Penticton Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer's on Sunday, May 6. Together, we make memories matter.