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, May 29, 2007

I pulled weeds and deadheaded the roses. I want to be outside and enjoy this weather as much as I can because I know that it is going to get hot soon and then I won’t be going outside much… I listened to a great documentary on my computer today. It was made in Canada and is over an hour long but well worth the time to watch. It is called Beyond Memory. The link to watch it is Two of my DASNI friends are in it, Lynn Jackson and Elaine Wright. I have met both of these ladies in person… Josh came down and gave me a big hug... I hosted the DASNI chats and now I am ready for a whirlpool bath… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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