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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

it was his day



on the right side of this blog is a blog written by a wife
whose husband was diagnosed with alzheimers disease
in his early 50s
its called missing jim
she and he have two young kids still to raise
im afraid she will finish up their teenage years all by herself
she works and over time has now also become a caretaker
of her husband who has gradually lost the ability to safely drive

this is his birthday today
he and his wife are in washington dc today
he agreed thats what he wanted to do on his birthday
they are advocating for alzheimers disease
he being a prime example of why we need more money for
research so we can find a cure and treatment for this disease

it will not happen without more federal funding much like what
happened with cancer research when the feds declared war on cancer
lets call this one the purple war
a war on alzheimers disease

ill call this blog today
missing joe

the similarities between the two are similar
although my younger brother joes kids were already married
and had kids themselves when he was diagnosed with
alzheimers disease

he like jim was robust and healthy
well liked
a professional fireman and later a policeman
struck like jim in the prime of his life
heck my early 50s was my prime its when all the work we had
done came to a point so we could say we were successful
we were able to enjoy my 50s as this peak occurred
jim and joe did not
nor did their families

joes wife like jims wife worked full time while trying to take
care of him the finances the house and all it entails
jims wife in her blog writes down what its like
it disturbs me at times to read it as
i know thats what his wife and his family went through
its just not all written down for everyone to see

i also know that one day i will probably be a jim or a joe
im just hoping that it goes smoother than theirs did
you after all really cant prepare for this emotionally

so today
its jims day in washington advocating for us all
his birthday
happy birthday jim
its joes day
as we remember him
his fight with alzheimers disease
what a good guy he was
what his wife did and did so well and caring for him

we miss you joe
you wont ever be forgotten
happy birthday

thanks jim for helping us

the organicgreen doctor

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