15 Minutes of Fame: Holding fast to Azeroth through the journey of Alzheimer’s


From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We’re giving each approach its own [hide]15 Minutes of Fame[/hide].

Bill Craig is doing it right. The 61-year-old WoW player has suffered from [hide]early-onset Alzheimer’s disease[/hide] for half a dozen years now, winding his way through Azeroth for about half that time. He’s [hide]ridden a bicycle[/hide] all the way from Carrollton, Texas, to Carrollton, Georgia, to raise money and awareness for animal welfare — not once but twice. He’s a Vietnam vet. He serves as an advocate with the [hide]Alzheimer’s Association[/hide], having recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., with his wife to meet with legislators about bills impacting Alzheimer’s. Bill’s contributions and commitment to his community and country are impressive for any seasoned professional, let alone someone living with a disease that monkeywrenches a person’s thinking, memory and behavior.

I know Bill’s doing it right because I live under the baleful gaze of Alzheimer’s, too. My mother passed away two years ago after a particularly cruel struggle with the disease. She began batting aside its first tendrils while caring for my grandmother, also stripped bare by Alzheimer’s. My father wanders through a related type of dementia — perversely, with all the sets of symptoms my mother never developed. (Ding! We hit the jackpot, I guess.) In my work, I’ve written about Alzheimer’s and the incredible [hide]burdens it places on families[/hide], parents with young children who now also care for their own parents over the painfully protracted years it takes life to trickle away. Alzheimer’s is inextricably part of my life, too.

So none of that makes me special — Alzheimer’s grip on families is all too common — but it does mean I can say one thing with certainty: Bill Craig is doing it right. His view of Azeroth, however, is very different from yours or mine.[hide]Continue reading 15 Minutes of Fame: Holding fast to Azeroth through the journey of Alzheimer’s[/hide]Filed under: [hide]Interviews[/hide], [hide]15 Minutes of Fame[/hide][hide]15 Minutes of Fame: Holding fast to Azeroth through the journey of Alzheimer’s[/hide] originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]
From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play WoW? We’re giving each approach its own [hide]15 Minutes of Fame[/hide].

Bill Craig is doing it right. The 61-year-old WoW player has suffered from [hide]early-onset Alzheimer’s disease[/hide] for half a dozen years now, winding his way through Azeroth for about half that time. He’s [hide]ridden a bicycle[/hide] all the way from Carrollton, Texas, to Carrollton, Georgia, to raise money and awareness for animal welfare — not once but twice. He’s a Vietnam vet. He serves as an advocate with the [hide]Alzheimer’s Association[/hide], having recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C., with his wife to meet with legislators about bills impacting Alzheimer’s. Bill’s contributions and commitment to his community and country are impressive for any seasoned professional, let alone someone living with a disease that monkeywrenches a person’s thinking, memory and behavior.

I know Bill’s doing it right because I live under the baleful gaze of Alzheimer’s, too. My mother passed away two years ago after a particularly cruel struggle with the disease. She began batting aside its first tendrils while caring for my grandmother, also stripped bare by Alzheimer’s. My father wanders through a related type of dementia — perversely, with all the sets of symptoms my mother never developed. (Ding! We hit the jackpot, I guess.) In my work, I’ve written about Alzheimer’s and the incredible [hide]burdens it places on families[/hide], parents with young children who now also care for their own parents over the painfully protracted years it takes life to trickle away. Alzheimer’s is inextricably part of my life, too.

So none of that makes me special — Alzheimer’s grip on families is all too common — but it does mean I can say one thing with certainty: Bill Craig is doing it right. His view of Azeroth, however, is very different from yours or mine.[hide]Continue reading 15 Minutes of Fame: Holding fast to Azeroth through the journey of Alzheimer’s[/hide]Filed under: [hide]Interviews[/hide], [hide]15 Minutes of Fame[/hide][hide]15 Minutes of Fame: Holding fast to Azeroth through the journey of Alzheimer’s[/hide] originally appeared on [hide]WoW Insider[/hide] on Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our [hide]terms for use of feeds[/hide].[hide]Permalink[/hide] | [hide]Email this[/hide] | [hide]Comments[/hide]

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