Alzheimer's: a family odyssey

  • Article by: KATY READ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 11, 2011 - 11:22 AM

Katy Read thought she knew why her mother had Alzheimer's. But then her uncle was diagnosed, too ...

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eurotravelerSep. 29, 11 4:40 PM

My mom and dad both had dementia at the end of their lives. My mom's brothers and sister also had dementia, and my dad's older brother had it. His younger brother is in his early 80s and is getting more forgetful. So I look at my family history and consider that the likelihood of me having dementia is pretty good, assuming I live long enough. I'm 59. It concerned me at first, but I'm at peace with it now. My life is in God's hands, and I trust him with whatever happens, be it dementia, or cancer or whatever other challenges come with the end of life. I look at my life and have to be very thankful for it. Raised in a loving family, married to a wonderful woman for almost 40 years, not too many health issues. Life is good.

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