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 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Sandy!!! Sandy is a DASNI friend in Ohio… Thanks to Jody in Washington, DC and Adrienne in Cambridge, MA for signing my guest book at The interview I did for WEGO Health is finished and is posted. You can read it by going here I didn’t get much accomplished today. I haven’t felt good; I am having a flare of Diverticulitis, first time in a long time… Josh came down for a visit this afternoon and tonight I went up to watch Dancing with the Stars with Kathy… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger antiquityhill said...

Hi Mary,

And an interesting spotlight interview it really is too. I know you have inspired many people. Your family is very lucky.

Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us at WEGO Health. :)

Ellen Schnakenberg

May 21, 2008 at 1:50 PM  

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