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 02, 2008

Happy Birthday Faye!!! Faye is our friend in Chandler, Oklahoma… Thanks Lynne in Iowa Park, Texas for signing my guest book at I went to the chiropractor this morning, did a couple loads of laundry, fed the flowers and the Hummingbirds. I no sooner got the hummingbird feeder hung up till the wind blew it and lost most of the nectar. GRRRRRR. The wind has been awful strong today, gusting up to 40 mph… We are waiting for Jamie, Allison, and Matthew to come in… Carole and Josh called… Still no news on the skin mass report… I am going to be really busy the rest of the week. I have a lot of appointments and with Jamie and kids being here. Also we are going to an Early Onset Alzheimer’s Conference in Tulsa on Thursday… Tonight I picked peas… This will be my last entry for a few days… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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