Mary's Place

A web page about the life of a lady who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Location: Piedmont, Oklahoma, United States

I live in Piedmont, OK, with my Husband of 50 years who has been very supportive. We have 2 sons,David and Kenny, 6 grandkids, and 6 great grandkids. I enjoy feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. Before I was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I ran a Licensed Day Care Home for Infants for 15 years. I noticed I wasn't able to remember important things and having problems with my speech. I was experiencing severe headaches. I would get lost. I didn't know how to use the computer. At the age of 55, I told my doctor. I was sent for an MRI. which showed a large amount of shrinkage. I went to a neurologist who sent me for two days of testing. I was diagnosed with dementia of the Alzheimer's type. My husband and I were both in shock. I had to give up my job. I went to see a social worker. I've taken Aricept for 11 years. I can now use the computer and even do this web page. I also host a chat room for dementia patients. This is a very lonely disease. I don't want anyone to feel as lonely as I did when I was diagnosed (I thought I was the only one over 50 that had Alzheimer's). In 2006 I started taking Namenda. Also I was told I have a mixed dementia, Alzheimer's/Vascular.

Monday, December 27, 2004

The chat room had been down for a few days but it is back up and running now. I was beginning to have chat withdrawal pains... Remember if you want to chat with me and others go here: … It has been another beautiful day. When I talked to my cousin in Kentucky yesterday he said they were snowed in. I told him I would send him some of our warm weather to melt his snow… I have been watching the kids in the neighborhood ride their new bikes around the cul-de-sac from my windows… I did laundry,folded and hung up and all put away… I played solitaire and for the first time ever beat it twice… Tracy Mobley the author of “Young Hope” now has a blog. You can follow Tracy’s journal by going here: … David called and I asked him to pick me up some sunflower seeds the next time he goes to the feed store. Judi in Iowa called. We are making arrangements to meet next week when Harry and Judi come through Oklahoma City going to their new home in Arizona… Dave and I fixed a delicious apple salad to go with out leftover ham for supper… My legs have been hurting really bad. It is all I can do to walk, it even hurts to touch them… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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