I knew something was off, I had started forgetting things that I’d never forgotten before, like numbers, where I put my wallet, dates, where I parked my tuck, and the most frustrating was when I was just about to say something, I couldn’t remember what it was. My wife made an appointment with our doctor, the day I forgot how to get home. After seeing our primary, and having some tests run, we were sent to a neurologist for further testing. Brain scans, cognitive testing, and a number of others, before hearing the diagnosis. Early Onset Alzheimer’s. It’s been two years since I got the diagnosis.
It’s difficult enough living with this horrible disease, knowing it is getting worse, and what’s still to come. One thing that makes it that much more difficult, is why it doesn’t appear obvious to other people? I understand due to limited contact, I can appear relatively normal. I still talk the small talk, hold conversations, laugh and joke with people and appear as I always have. It’s only when you are constantly around me that you will see me. You’ll notice the names I can’t recall, I have forgotten my own grandchildren’s names, which makes me so angry! I have to be reminded to do things numerous times, the anxiety, the stress I feel, the exhaustion, the obsessiveness on a task, or an item, and the difficulty in making decisions. I am still in the early stages of the desease, and it terrifies me to think about the progression that I'm sure to experience in the coming years. My grandchildren are still very young. As they grow, they will know me as how I will become, and forget me as the way I am now.
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