I have always liked the song Roar by Katy Perry. Since I have found out I have Alzheimer’s disease I find the lyrics to be very fitting for what I am going through.
“You held me down, but I got up (hey), already brushing off the dust. You hear my voice, you hear the sound. Like thunder, gonna shake the ground. You held me down, but I got up, get ready ‘cause I had enough. I see it all, I see it now.
The last few months have been very difficult to for me as I published in my recent blog, titled I May Be Down But I am Definitely Not Out. But as always, I have recovered and I am back swinging for the fence. My husband and I just met with my Alzeheimer’s doctor and I am happy to report that in her view my condition has not deteriorated a bit over the last six months and that I am doing remarkably well. She paid me the greatest compliment when she said “I wish all my patients were like you”. Why would she say that?
We discussed the difficulties I am having with my memory and what coping strategies I have identified to allow me to work around those memory issues and allow me to continue to function effectively. She was impressed with my high cognitive reserve. I explained to her that when I am really struggling we notice a distinct link to when I am under stress, not sleeping well, , not eating a strict MIND diet and most importantly, not exercising. When I don’t do those things I am a complete mess. My new motto is exercise and diet are my full time job. I do it as if my life depends on it, because quite frankly my quality of life depends on it.
Even though my prognosis looks bleak, and I do not qualify to participate in any Alzheimer’s trials, and I have a myriad of other medical conditions that are very disconcerting, I am NOT going to let this disease win any sooner than it has to. I am a firm believer in MIND over MATTER. I truly believe the reason I am doing so well is my positive attitude. The more I move and get the blood flowing through my heart and to my brain the better off I will be.
“I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter. Dancing through the fire. “Cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna to hear me roar. Louder, louder than a lion. “Cause your gonna year me roar”.
My Alzheimer’s doctor said she never seen a patient so determined to beat this condition. We discussed the fact that I truly do understand what I am up against since my Mom died from it, but I don’t have to go down easily. She was fascinated by how pragmatic I am and how I am working regularly on accomplishing my Alzheimer’s Business Plan. I explained to her that in the IT industry I was in “we plan our work, and work our plan”. My Daily Alzheimer’s checklist is my plan and I am following it religiously. What are you doing to keep your brain and body healthy and moving?
Not today, Alzheimer’s. Not today!
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