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, September 30, 2007

Happy 13th Anniversary David and Lori!!!
This morning I watched the church services on Television then I helped fixed lunch. I watered all the plants and went to chat with DASNI friends at … Now to finish up my vacation story. September 19th we left Ohio and went to Louisville, Kentucky to visit George and Carol. At my request George had fixed beans and cornbread and it was ready to eat when we arrived. I loved George and Carol’s new patio home. I am so happy they don’t have to do yard work or climb stairs anymore. September 20th George invited all my cousins over for a big barbeque and it was so good catching up with all of them. September 21st George drove us to Cecilia, Kentucky so I could see our birthplace once again. We also toured the Jim Beam distillery. We met up with cousin Ernie and his wife Margie in Brandenburg for lunch. I ordered Country Ham and it was really good and the Blueberry pie wasn’t bad either. Then George took us to Indiana to the casinos. Dave and I left with less cash than we went with and I even gambled away a ten-dollar bill that George had put in the machine for me. I am a poor loser… September 22nd we said our goodbyes to George and Carol and we were on our way to Arkansas to visit Randy and Joyce in Blytheville. They were standing outside waiting for us when we pulled up. We hadn’t seen Joyce and Randy since 94. We were stationed with them in the Air Force at Clovis, New Mexico and later we were both transferred to Oklahoma City to Tinker Air Force Base. Joyce had prepared a delicious meal for us, which included a chocolate pie to die for. We visited that evening and caught up with each other’s children… September 23rd we left Blytheville and headed home. There was no stopping Dave on our way home. He gets like that every time we go on a trip, he can’t wait to get home. It stresses me when he tries to drive too many miles. I just have to bite my tongue and let him go… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma Email me at


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