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, September 29, 2008

I had a nice surprise this morning. Jean Cantwell called to say that she was coming to visit us today. We had a nice visit. We had so much to catch up on. It had been years since we have seen each other. Jean and Chuck own the Honda motorcycle shop in Del City. Dave and I have bought a Goldwing motorcycle and a Honda lawn mower from them. We used to go on dinner rides with Chuck and Jean and we would have so much fun. I miss those good ole days. Now I don’t even think I could climb on a motorcycle with my bad legs… I deadheaded the roses, picked okra, and fixed supper… Goodnight All,.. Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


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