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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Brrrr it is cold again… We have had enough rain that they removed the burn ban… I survived the DASNI AGM last night even though I had a bad headache after it was over with… I was elected to serve as a director on the board again along with these people.
Peter Ashley UK, Don Moyer and Jenny Knauss USA, Charley Schneider USA, Shirley Garnett Australia, Mary Lockhart USA, Judy Robbe Brazil, Jeanne Lee USA, Carole Muliken USA, Nadine Schofield UK, Alan Benson Canada, Candy Harrison USA, Chuck Jackson USA, and Mary Mckinlay Canada
This will be my sixth year to be on the board. I have been there since the beginning. I am a great believer in DASNI. Without it I hate to think where I would be today… To join DASNI go here: … I was three hours late taking my afternoon meds. Dave had them setting out on the counter for me. I would see them on my way to the bathroom and meant to take them on my way back. But I just kept forgetting. Finally Dave came in from his hidey-hole and handed them to me and I took them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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