Alan Beamer, 66, is among the many people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association the disease impacts a person's memory, language, and thinking abilities. But the disease shouldn't impact people's relationships, and that's exactly what this man wants his friends and family to know. His message delivery will make you tear up (we know we did).
The Michigan man nicknamed "Beam" by his wife Mary shared the message in a video on her Facebook that touched the hearts of nearly 600,000 users.
In the video Mary helps her husband get the message to his loved ones by asking him questions. She starts by asking him what he wishes his family and friends knew. Struggling to get words out Beam said: "I need them to know that I'm the same old person and I wish that all of my friends could come up and talk to me just like they did before and, you know, joke around."
After each question Beam starts to break down. At the end of the video Beam gets really emotional as his wife asks his family and friends to "take a few minutes out of your day...and come see him."
The Beamers' plea to their friends and family turned out to be a valuable lesson for everyone who knows someone living with Alzheimer's disease.
Beam's video message also got him 8,000 more friends on Facebook!
Tears do not = weakness, Beam is one of the most courageous men I know!Posted by MaryBeth Alan Beamer on Sunday, January 3, 2016
Tears do not = weakness, Beam is one of the most courageous men I know!
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