|Photo by Jeff Norris|
Many different groups and causes such as breast cancer, the Livestrong foundation, and autism, have rubber bracelets which people wear to raise awareness about their cause. The Alzheimer’s Association is no different and I have come to realize over the last year just how important those rubber bracelets and other symbols can be.
We have noticed people wearing shirts from the Alzheimer’s Association, or the purple Alzheimer’s Association bracelets throughout the year. This has been a wonderful way for us to make connections with other people dealing with some of the same things we are dealing with. This has allowed us to be supportive of each other and hear each other’s stories.
Wearing these symbols tells each other that it is alright to talk about this illness, no one needs to be alone. It tells us that there are other people who will support and care for us. It shows others a little bit about who we are, without us having to say anything. The symbol says, “Alzheimer’s disease affects my life.”
Whenever I see these symbols, I am reminded of the benediction by my colleague Rev. Wayne Arnason:
“Take courage friends.
The way is often hard, the path is never clear,
and the stakes are very high.
For deep down, there is another truth:
you are not alone.”
- Unitarian Universalist Hymnal: Singing the Living Tradition, #698
By wearing these symbols, may we continue to raise awareness and create a community of support and care. I look forward to sharing our stories with each other.