I was recently diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. My journey started several years ago. During a very stressful time in my life, I realized that I would occasionally not recall someone’s name who I saw every day. If you know me, you know that I remember just about everyone I’ve ever met. I blew it off as just being under a lot of stress. However, a few months later my wife and I realized that something was really wrong. After visiting several doctors and taking multiple tests, I was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment. They started me on a drug to help slow the progression toward Alzheimer’s. Currently, nothing will stop this disease, but slowing the progression is all we have. Several months ago, my doctor confirmed that I had progressed to actually having Alzheimer’s disease. At that time, they added another medication to help with my memory. There are several things that I struggle with now, which several years ago were easy. It takes me longer to do many things because I have to concentrate more about what I am doing. That requires focusing on only one task at a time (That is probably a good practice for everyone). There are times that I can remember something for about 30 seconds…then it’s just gone. I am currently working at Amazon. That has been a good change and is a great job because many of the activities are physical and repetitive tasks. That helps me stay physically active and practice focusing better on one thing at a time.
My Grandmother had Alzheimer’s and for the last several years of her life she didn’t know who I was. My Dad, who died this last year from Alzheimer’s would have days where he would remember me and we could have a conversation. Other days, he wouldn’t speak and I would just tell him about recent family activities and events.
My hope is that someday through continued research, there will be a way to help those affected by Alzheimer’s have more days of remembering. Please join me to help support the good work being done through the Alzheimer’s Association to improve treatments and someday find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re interested in finding out more about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia please visit Alz.org. Please consider donating or joining my team for the Alzheimer’s Walk in Kansas City.
Alzheimer’s isn’t stopping and neither are we. By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s, I’m raising funds and awareness to advance the fight against this disease – funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide care and support while accelerating critical research.
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