“Mary Read, who began a supportive social group for people who are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease after she received her only early-onset diagnosis, poses with her dog, Princess, in the Lititz home she shares with her husband, George.” –
“Mary Read had been a nurse for years, using her extensive training to care for patients in nursing homes and doctors’ offices.
“‘But all of a sudden I was forgetting stuff,’ she says. ‘I didn’t understand what the doctor wanted me to do — and it was stuff I’d been doing and suddenly couldn’t do.’
She had trouble calculating a patient’s height from inches to feet, for example, or she would forget how to spell the doctor’s name.
“It was stress, they thought. Maybe a virus attacking her brain.
“‘I was fired from my job,’ she says. ‘I knew something was wrong.’”
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