Every Alzheimer patient has a story. My story started after I retired in 2021 from teaching for 27 years. I loved my job, but it wore me out. Later that year I began to realize I had memory concerns. In addition, I developed an infection that required two surgeries. My memory was the least of my concerns during that time.
My family and loved ones close to me, began to notice changes of my personality and they were expressing their concerns. One of my doctors had suggested that I go see a memory care specialist. I had an appointment the day before Christmas Eve in 2021. Being so close to Christmas I wasn’t ready to face the unknown. I cancelled the appointment.
After the holidays I had months of battling my ever changing feelings. I was angry, full of resentment, sad, confused and fearful. I had no idea what I was putting off. I knew I needed to seek help so I asked to see the memory care clinic almost a year after my initial appointment. On March 25th, 2023 I was finally given answers to the questions I never wanted to ask. KU Med Center determined through multiple diagnostics that I had early onset Alzheimer’s.
I could let this diagnosis ruin my life or I could let this lead my life. I’m not alone in this battle as the numbers increase daily. I ask that you consider participating in the 2023 Walk to End Alzheimer’s through participation or donations. Come walk with Casemore’s Crew!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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