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, August 12, 2008

Thanks to Tony in Cork, Ireland for signing my guest book at Since we won’t have any appointments after tomorrow we have decided to take off and do some camping. We need to just get away for awhile. We will be going with our friends Alfred and Martha. We will have a good time visiting and fishing… My brother George called and Carol, his lady friend is in the hospital after having a stroke last night and isn’t expected to make its. Please keep George and Carol in your prayers… I did laundry, fixed lunch and supper, and am getting stuff laid out to take on our trip… I am still enjoying the Olympics. Dave flew his plane for the first time with just one eye… Josh enrolled in Vo Tech today. When he got off work I went up and got my hug… George, David, and Alfred called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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