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, March 09, 2009

Thanks to Sandy in Ohio for signing my guest book at
It was a warm 82 degrees today and tonight we got some much-needed rain. We are under a tornado watch so we are watching the weather… I spent most of today resting… Our financial advisor came today to show us how little money we had. We made a few changes… I posted a few pictures below of our son Kenny flying in his plane. If you double click on any of the pictures I post it will enlarge them… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger Nina said...

Hello, Mary. I came across your blog on DASNI website. I just finished the book, Still Alice, by Lisa Genova about a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's. I loved the book. I have a grandmother (who I don't see much) with the disease and her mother had it, too. Her mother was forced into a nursing home and within a week escaped, walked into a nearby pond, and drowned because of this disease. I feel for all involved.

March 10, 2009 at 10:48 AM  

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