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.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Congratulations go out to Jacob our grand nephew who is graduating from Western Kentucky University…
Thanks to Erin in Norman, Oklahoma for visiting Mary’s Place at and signing my guest book…
As soon as I woke up this morning I started working on my list of things to do for the day. I have gotten most of them crossed off now… This will be my last entry for a while as I am taking a break but I will be back… While I am away you may want to visit Chip’s journal. I did laundry all day plus all the things on my list to do… I called Dave’s sister Lucy in West Virginia and Chip in Satsuma, Florida … It has now been nine years since I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Dave tells me I am still doing well most of the time. I am so thankful for that. I never dreamed when I was diagnosed that I would even still be here… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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