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.

Monday, June 04, 2007

It is a Monday and I was feeling overwhelmed with the things I needed to get accomplished today… I noticed this morning when I was checking out the garden that the red poppies are blooming. These seeds came from my California sister. She also sent me the orange poppies that are blooming. I have hollyhocks from my Tennessee brother and this morning I noticed a hummingbird was enjoying the hollyhocks, the butterflies like them too… I made out a grocery list for tomorrow and went through my coupons, did laundry, and hosted the DASNI chats at If you are interested in joining our chats click on the above link. We chat each day at 3:00 PM and again at 9:00 PM EST … Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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