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 10, 2004

Josh came down last night and we watched Spider Man 2. When I don’t understand something, because my mind wanders when I watch movies, I will ask Josh to explain and he always does in such a kind way. I am so lucky to have him… I slept really late this morning. Must have been tired… Today I have been doing laundry again and I am still not finished. I don’t know how two people can have so many dirty clothes but we do… I watered the houseplants and they all look healthy. I paid bills and mailed off a yearly check to the Salvation Army, this always gives me such a warm feeling to help the needy. Try it and you will see what I mean… I cooked supper by myself; it is harder and harder for me to do this by myself… Congratulations to Tracy Mobley who has sold over a thousand of her books. You can order Tracy’s book “Young Hope” by going to Soon it will be sold at the Wal-Mart stores. Tracy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she was 38… Goodnight all… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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