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Redefining the Perception of Challenge- Meet Sheryl and Diane

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Redefining the Perception of Challenge

 Meet Sheryl and Diane…

 Sheryl is loving and generous in heart. She has a loving husband, family and friends. Sheryl has Young Onset Alzheimer’s and after her diagnosis has, amazingly, become an artist. Her sister, Diane, shares their story. It is worth your time.

My name is Diane Darling. My sister, Sheryl, was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s almost six years ago. The Alzheimer’s journey is fraught with the pain of watching someone you love lose themselves and what makes them unique. Part of what breaks my heart about this disease is that Sheryl was the vice president of a major corporation. So, whereas her world used to be wide, her world is now narrow and narrowing daily. Her ability to communicate is greatly affected because she has Aphasia which is the loss of a previously held ability to speak or understand spoken or written language due to disease or injury of the brain. Yet, she creates art worthy of exhibits!

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Sheryl and Diane’s Story is brought to you by


Roaring Fork Enrichment ( is a program that provides a safe place for people with early memory loss to thrive and to provide respite for caregivers.

To read Sheryl and Diane’s full story at

Local nonprofit Valley Life for All is working to build inclusive communities where people of all abilities belong and contribute.  We want to hear your voice. Request a training or join the conversation at or #voiceability4all.  Help us redefine the perception of challenge.

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