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After watching Life part 2 with Mary Ann Becklenberg I found myself reflecting on my husband's journey into AD. He is 69 years now and I have been watching him deteriorate for almost 20 years. His mother was one of 10 of which at least 4 had AD or some form of dementia so I was not surprised when he began having memory problems and other signs of the disease shortly after he was 50. He lost his job selling to the defense industry at 52 after 20 years with the company. Took 5 years to find another in a different field and then was let go after 10 years. I'm sure he was having trouble performing his job in sales by that time. He was very good at what he did before. I was diagnosed with MS in 2001 after searching for a name for my problems for about 20 years. He was finally diagnosed with dementia in 2005. He also has Crohn's and had a colostomy in 2008. By that time he was not able to take care of it on his own. I was his full time caregiver until recently when I found a personal care home that woud take him just before Thanksgiving. Since then he was hospitalized for blood clots in his leg and then again just before Christmas for pneumonia and subsequently a knee infection. He seems to deteriorating before my eyes.

I know this is rambling but somehow I feel better to finally put it all down.



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