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I'm writing to share the news that Rick has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia and Early Onset Alzheimer’s disease. It was a lonely, bleak drive home from the doctor’s office in February. We'd all been noticing changes and are relieved to have an explanation.
Please know that Rick is still the same person he was before this diagnosis. Although some activities are more challenging and his short-term memory is poorer, Rick's general health is unchanged.
Doctors explain that this disease affects everyone at a different pace and in different ways. It usually progresses pretty slowly. Our hope, of course, is that Rick remains stable for years and, with everyone's love and support, continues to live a happy life. There is no cure today -- but we remain hopeful that there will be one in time to help him and millions of others.
I'm leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor by participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's®. Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Together, we can end Alzheimer's disease. Please make a donation to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
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