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, November 24, 2009

David and Lori left today for a short trip to Mexico… I fixed lunch, chatted with my online friends, did two loads of laundry, and put fresh sheets on our bed… Kathy called… Goodnight All… Keeping The Faith In Oklahoma


Blogger TAMMY said...

Hello Mary, How are you today? My son fopund your story and sent it to me. I am50 years old the mother of 3 and have a lofe partner. Mabey 2 weeks ago I was diadnosed the very same disease. It broke my heart and dropped me to my knees! I'M ONLY 50! This happens to older people or so I thought. I havent started any med's yet. One minute I am fine, or somewhat LOL. The next balling and don't know why. I am so very afraid! I have so much I want and need to do. But ask me in 5 minutes and I can't remember. My first grandaughter is coming Dec. 15. All I know to do is give it to god. But he is a busy guy the anxiety attacks, crying spells and confusion leave me so alone. I'm sur you know. Please write back.

November 25, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

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