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.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Happy Birthday Carolyn!!! Carolyn is a friend in Canada… Happy Birthday Chip!!! Chip is our friend in Florida… We had a good time last night with all the family. There were sixteen of us that went to eat at Cattleman’s. They had a horse drawn shuttle to take us from the parking lot to the restaurant. Josh, Heather, Allison, and Matthew really enjoyed that and so did I… Because it took so long to finish our dinner it was too late to go to the Comedy Club. We will try that another time… I hosted chat, did more laundry, listened to some talking books and the rest of the time I was snacking… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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