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, August 21, 2005

Happy Belated Anniversary to friends Peter and Ann in England…
Thanks to Beth in Manila, Philippines for visiting Mary’s Place and signing my guest book at
Because of thunderstorms last night I wasn’t able to get online to post a journal… Yesterday we took our old refrigerator that was in the garage to David and Lori. It was just sitting there and we were happy that someone could get some use out of it. We took our side by side to the garage when we got our new stainless steel one… Lori fixed a nice dinner for us… I called Joanne a friend in New Jersey yesterday it was good catching up with her. We met online about seven years ago in CWPML… I went out on the patio this morning with my coffee I was thinking I would sit out there and enjoy watching the birds but it was much too humid for me… I fixed lunch and hosted chat. There were people in chat from England, United Kingdom, Philippians, Turkey, California, Texas, and Oklahoma. It is so neat how we can chat with people from all over the world… Dave got all the weeds pulled out of my flower gardens and I really appreciate him doing that. He is a keeper for sure… This afternoon I just sat and looked out my big windows at the beautiful clouds. The monarchs have arrived. I love watching the flying flowers. God gives us so much to enjoy… I did laundry and got it all folded and put away. For supper I heated up some of Lori’s leftovers Cabbage Rolls. Yummy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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