Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. There are seven stages of Alzheimer’s. Last year, at the early age of 58 my mother was diagnosed with Stage Four Alzheimer’s. She had been suffering with memory loss, anxiety attacks, and confusion for years prior – it just took the doctors awhile to get the correct diagnosis (hhmmmm does that sound familiar?).
When I first started this blog, the only reason I included Alzheimer in the title, was because it’s one of the three medical conditions that affect my life on a daily basis; and this blog is all about ME! Kidding! However, very shortly after I started this blog and began my research about Lyme, I learned that Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed as as many other diseases – Alzheimer’s being one of them. Which got me thinking . . . . yes, my mom has Alzheimer’s. There is no doubt about it. She has MRI’s to prove that her brain is shrinking. BUT, what if in her 59 years of life on this earth, in New Jersey, she was bitten by a tick and was infected with Lyme. AND WHAT IF it’s the Lyme that has caused her have Alzheimer. WHAT IF she was treated for a Lyme infection? Would her symptoms improve, or at least plateau? No one knows what causes Alzheimer’s. So, there is a chance that I could be right about this. There is a chance that I can stop Alzheimer’s in it’s track.
And if you know me, you know that statistics and I don’t get along. Not only was it the ONLY class I have ever failed in my entire life -but after getting pregnant with triplets (a 1% chance) and carrying them PAST the average of 32 weeks – I’ve kind of given up on statistics. I walk to the beat of my own drummer and live my life the way the bible tells me; not by what the doctors and the public tell me is possible.