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A Killer Disease
by Mary Grace Patterson
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
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An Open Letter To All My Friends On A.D.

I was recentely diagnoised with
Alzheimers. Needless to say I have been having a hard time adjusting and accepting it. There is no cure at the present time and my out look on life is not the same as it was a month ago. Yet I must face the reality of the situation and come to terms with it, which I am endeavoring to do.

My family has been very supportive
and have helped me get through the first hurrendous weeks of anger,crying, denial then acceptance.
(I still hold on to the hope that the Doctor is wrong. Guess every one does that tho)
I have prayed more than usual, and I know my Lord will help to ease my burdens .

I have decided to write about how it started and the disease itself in hopes it will enlighten others and make them more aware of this fatal disease which afflicts about five million Americans.

There is always hope for new medical treatments. That thought sustains and gives me hope at this time. God Bless .....M( I will be posting my information under stories )

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Reviewed by Glen Manese 8/22/2011
Rising each day... AD... be strong and write every word and share your wisdom... After, watching "Rise of the Planet Apes", and seeing him inject his father in the movie and temporarily cure him with AD, but come back even harder... gave me a better understanding... Thanks for sharing...
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/23/2009
Today is June 23,2009. Two years hence. I'm not in your shoes but your reviews and conversation tells me you are still with us. Bless you and carry on! Patrick
Reviewed by Henry Stevens 2/17/2008
Mary, This is a shock, surprise and sadness all wrapped up in one. I am so sorry. I had no idea and I see your post was seven months ago. I'll be one of your trackers now and stay with you. Love, s/henry
aka hank and hank330
Reviewed by Denise Contreras 7/14/2007
It is good your writing about it. It helps in healing. My heart goes out to you what helps me deal and acceptmthe disease of Lupus is to remind myself I am not the disease I am seperate then the disease. Your seperate and your a beautiful child of God.
Hugs Angela
Reviewed by Jane Wallace 6/10/2007
As friends,we have shared much. And though,I have seen the pain this disease brings, I also know that this disease is not you. It does not define who you are or all, that you are. When I think of you, I do not think of Mary having Alzheimers. I rather think,"boy, Alzheimers picked the wrong person to pick on this time"!. This disease can never take away the joy that you bring to me, everytime I think of you. Keep fighting my friend. You are small but you are mighty. God made you that way and his works are wonderous.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/7/2007
I will be praying for you MaryGrace, may the Lord protect you and may he keep your mind clear, keep it up and be blessed
God Bless
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 6/7/2007
MaryGrace, my prayers will be for God to grant you strength and endurance and to give you a miracle. My Dad had Alzheimers and each of us gathered around and saw to it that he was never without someone reading, talking, and keeping him energetic...your writing will help you tremendously, keeping your mind active and alert. Don't ever give up because God is mightier than we are and He will see you through this. God Bless.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/7/2007
Fear not. Yet again England leads the way. The gene has been found and we are told a cure is on the way..

God and science hand in hand...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/7/2007
((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) and many prayers; I am so sorry, MG! If there is anything I can do, please don't hesitate to let me know. I will be informing my church family of this situation; that way they can put you on the prayer boards, if that is okay with you. God be with you during this difficult time, and know you are loved!

((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/7/2007

I'm so sorry........know you're in my prayers.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/7/2007
My prayers and love are with you sweet lady,,Hugsssssssssss
Chanti Lace
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/7/2007
May God Guide you MaryGrace
In my prayers you'll be
every till, I speak with Him
The all supreme.

Love & Peace
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/7/2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, MaryGrace, as is the wonderful support of your family, and the hope you mention.
We will all continue to hope and pray with you.
Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 6/6/2007
god bless MaryGrace
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 6/6/2007
Mary Grace I am so sorry to hear this, my mother stays with a dear family friend whom also has alzheimers. She is eighty four and does very well. She was diagnosed more than eight years ago. It's amazing how well she really does, her son is a doctor and his wife a nurse. My mom and I were just talking about the medicine that she is taking and how we feel it has made such a difference in the progression of the disease. She was prescribed the meds shortly after the diagnosis. Our pastors mother was diagnosed near this time with alzheimers disease as well, but wasn't put on the meds until a few years later and she hasn't done as well as the lady that my mom stays with. This lady is amazing, her long term memeory is fantastic, and short term on most days is good. She continually reads, writes things down, journals and reflects over the days events before retiring for bed...prayer, a loving family, and support from friends will help much my friend...I will continue to pray for you, and add you to our church prayer chain, always someone praying twenty four seven...stay in touch, keep writing, and we'll keep reading!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/6/2007
God bless you for your courageous attitude! Having cared for two patients at different times with Alzheimers,my heart goes out to you. I applaud your decision to write about it. I pray you will find strength to do so, and comfort in the Lord's help. I will keep you in prayer!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/6/2007
MaryGrace I am so very sorry to hear the heartbraking news. You are, have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. Will always be here for you.....

Be safe,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/6/2007
Hey MaryGrace. I'm your friend. I'm here. I send you love and friendship.

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