If you haven’t read the blog before this one, you may want to read that one first.

First of all, thanks for the outpouring of support. It’s appreciated more than you know.
Second, thanks to those of you who have sent me information and articles about Alzheimer’s.

My sister-in-law Jessica sent me an article that was recently published in Good Housekeeping.
It’s entitled, “My Husband Was Diagnosed with With Alzheimer’s – at 36”.  Here’s the link to the article. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/womens-health/early-onset-alzheimers

While reading the article, I recognized a lot of what I have been going through. According to Shannon and Asheton, I’ve been exhibiting signs for the past 3 years. I have only recently noticed the signs myself especially while driving.

When driving to locations that are very familiar to me, I tend to lose my way. It is quite embarrassing as well as frustrating. I used to get very anxious and call Shannon in a panic. Now, I use the GPS on my phone to get me from point A to point B. I don’t do it all the time because I still want to use my brain power. Yes, I still get lost and it takes me an incredibly long time to finally figure out where I am supposed to be going, but when I do, it is quite a thrill.
Yeah, it’s the little things that mean the most!

I have exhibited many other signs like repeating the same story or conversation over and over again, repeatedly asking the same questions, forgetting things that were just told to me, forgetting how to cook something I have been preparing for many years, etc… There are more but I won’t bore you with the details.

If you’re interested in finding out more, here’s a link you may find interesting about Early Onset Alzheimer’s.
http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_early_onset.asp#who

The most glaring discovery about Alzheimer’s is it’s no longer an older generation disease.

Here’s hoping you will have an amazing day and an even better tomorrow!

B

2 thoughts on “Recognizing Early Onset Alzheimer’s

  1. I am so sad for you and your family but on the other hand I am so proud of you!! Sometimes we think we are the only people that have problems but then we realize are problems aren’t anything compared to others. I am honored to be called your friend. I don’t even know Shannon, only met her once at the Greek Festival but as you share your family photos and memories on FB I feel I know the entire group. You should be very proud of Brad and Asheton, both are beautiful on the inside and out. And Shannon my dear is one gorgeous lady that loves you so much. Please reach out to me when you or they need me, I will be right around the corner. May God wrap his loving arms around all of you and give you the strength you need, the courage you need and most of all the peace of mind! Always in my prayers, God Bless you! Your forever friend, Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen, but please don’t be sad for us. This has made us stronger and more determined than ever. We know it’s going to be a long journey, but we have our hiking shoes on, our backpacks are packed we are ready to face whatever comes our way. Our journey will go much smoother with the support of you and our friends, so thank you!

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