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The Family of Romaine McGown is optimistic about raising money for their mom’s funeral services due to complications of Parkinson’s

Born in 1935, mom (Romaine) gave her life to raising 5 children, helping with 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. For no logical reason in 2008 mom began to show symptoms of what would later be diagnosed as Parkinson's Disease (PD). With no known family history of this still mysterious disease, our research began.
As the oldest daughter, a Nutritional Consultant, & one of moms care givers, I of course took the natural route, modifying her diet, overlooking her activities and along with the family, keeping her socially and emotionally engaged. As we conferred with her doctors and did all we knew how, it was not enough to even slow down what was becoming increasingly inevitable, that the stages of PD were slowly taking its toll.
By 2011, mom was diagnosed at stage 3, (PD has 5 stages). Although as a family we were still hopeful for a compromised quality of life at best, we were not prepared for the quick decline, from the complications of PD, that continued to wear on moms body, infiltrate her spirit and steal her mind. Witnessing the demise of a loved one is overwhelmingly difficult, however, I am personally honored that I was allowed to care for mom in her last days.
July 2012, was the beginning of the proverbial end. Already in the advance stages of dementia, moms symptoms worsened. She became dehydrated, was barely speaking, always in pain, constipated, and then she stopped walking, which caused bed sores that quickly became “ulcers”. Even though we had a nurse come to the house for hydration and wound care it wasn’t enough, so once again she was admitted to the hospital.
Hopeful that her hospital stay would address her wounds so we could get her some physical therapy, we were faced with things we were truly unprepared for. The Doctors & Nurses treated mom like an elderly person who no longer deserved an opportunity to stick around, and every day we had to fight to get mom’s medication dosages given to her correctly, keep her clean, change her bedding, etc, (this not an exaggeration).
Although fully aware of the complication of Parkinson’s Disease, we felt that things ended quicker due to the lack of quality care. So it’s with mixed emotions that I (speaking for the family) ask for financial assistance to at least send mom off in a dignified way, free from the body that could no longer house her great spirit.
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