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.

Friday, December 24, 2004

Happy Birthday Larry!!! Larry is our friend in Tennessee…
I have been listening to Christmas music on the radio and thinking about all the people who will spend Christmas away from their families. I am thinking of the men and women in service and their families. Remembering the Christmas’s the boys and I spent alone while Dave was away overseas. We had friends who would always invite us over to their homes so we wouldn’t feel so alone. I am still very thankful to those friends. I still get teary eyed when I hear the song “I’ll be home for Christmas”… I am so looking forward to all our family being here tonight. We will have a nice dinner, roll, cut out and decorate Christmas cookies, a Christmas tradition that was started by me back in the 60’s. Then we will play Dirty Santa and open our Christmas gifts. My best gift will be having all my family here with me… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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