Almost four years ago, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen revealed to the world that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Now, years later, his wife, Annabel, released some sad news to the world. She revealed that she too has been diagnosed with the progressive brain disease.
Below is her statement regarding her illness:
“I recently learned that I’ve joined my husband Pat and the millions of others who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease."
“Since Pat’s diagnosis, I have gained a vivid understanding of this disease’s progression and its effect on those living with it as well as their families. My family and I have been — and will remain — dedicated supporters of Alzheimer’s awareness, treatment and research funding."
“I decided to make my diagnosis public right away in the hope that it continues to raise awareness for those battling Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. With June also being Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, the timing was right for me to share this personal update with everyone."
“I feel that it is important for people to know that those in my situation do not need to completely withdraw from their daily activities. Based on my own experience with Pat, there will still be many joyous and rewarding moments for me as well as my family and friends."
“I intend to proceed in life with the same strength, courage and endurance that Pat has shown in his battle with this disease. Like Pat, I know there will be good days and bad days ahead. I’m grateful to have the support of my family and especially my children — Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna."
“It’s my hope to remain involved in various Alzheimer’s events as my health allows. And of course, I’ll be cheering on our Broncos."
“Most importantly, thank you to all of our incredible fans for the compassion and support you’ve given to me, Pat and our entire family.”
Please be praying for Annabel's family during this sad time. We will continue to update as more information is made available! Meanwhile, please share your prayers with us! In other recent news, Sarah Sanders is being given secret service protection after major threats. Pray for her safety as well.