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Sunday, February 6, 2011


President Reagan Courageously Announces His Illness

Five years after leaving office, Reagan disclosed that he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The handwritten note concludes, "I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead."

November 5, 1994

My fellow Americans, I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way. In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result, many more people underwent testing. They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.

So now we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts, we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.

At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this Earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer's disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes, I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.

In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.

Ronald Reagan 

*For more information on President Reagan, visit The Reagan Foundation.
There are so many positive and inspiring moments throughout Ronald Reagan's life.  I am blessed to have been living in a time of such a great man. One of the most inspiring and courageous  is of his final outreach to America which marked the end of his public life.

Ronald Reagan had a special "connection" with America and the world.  He thought of himself as one of us.  In his final way to connect with us, he shared one of the most personal experiences he and his family were facing.  The courage and dignity that defined this great man, continued until his last breath.

It was difficult for me to post this, as I don't want to leave you with sadness, but his continued inspiration and courage.  

Rest in peace Mr. President.  Happy 100th birthday from your fellow Americans. We miss you terribly.

"I realize that on the sea of life, I can't control the weather, but I can adjust my sails"  Unknown


  1. I saw your link on FB.
    Oh, this is so poignant and beautiful. Again, I weep for our great loss - he was a true American TREASURE. Every time I read his final letter to us, I weep. But your words which follow are poignant as well, and so true. I too, feel blessed to have had Ronald Wilson Reagan as MY president. He was the first president I had the privilege to vote for in my young adult life. There will never be another. I rank him right up there with George Washington. But I pray God will raise up another Patriot filled with wisdom and love of God and country. We need him.. and right away.

  2. Thank you Lynn for the kind words...I, too, weep for him as well. I pray for our children and our country. We need someone like him to lead us out of the chaos we find ourselves in. I cried like a baby when I posted this and get teary eyed just thinking of our great loss and how much we need him again....I, too, pray we find a REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT that will step forward to take back our country. Michele