On December 22, 2018 I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s at 57 years old. It didn’t come as a complete surprise, because my mother and other family members had Alzheimer’s or dementia. I also had genetic testing which showed I had two APOE4 genes. My husband and I had been noticing that things were not quite right and that my memory seemed to be declining. I made an appointment at the Tampa Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and had a brain scan, and memory testing done, and the diagnosis was confirmed. It has been a very emotional few months for me. I have always been a very active person who is always a glass is half full type of person. When given a bunch of lemons, you better bet I am going to make the best darn lemonade there is. I am a firm believer that ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING.
So with that, I am not going to let Alzheimer’s get the best of me. I have decided to start this blog to share my Alzheimer’s journey as sort of an online diary. My hope is that it will help me stay in touch with my family and friends, and help other people afflicted with this disease.