This is a personal story. And because it is, it may be rough around the edges. I’m so close to the subject that it’s sometimes tough to write about, tough to wrap my head and heart around. But I believe it bears telling. I hope in my heart of hearts that sharing it helps at least one person. When the early signs of alzheimers emerge, it’s difficult, painful, frustrating. But, let me back up a little.
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About eight years ago, my family started to see signs in my mom, early signs of alzheimers, though we didn’t know it then. We noticed that she would forget conversations we’d had or not remember being invited to events. It was a little more than typical forgetfulness. At the time, it wasn’t too noticeable and didn’t happen too often. Over the next couple of years, things grew more apparent. She often told us she wasn’t a good listener and that she didn’t focus well. Those were her excuses and for a while, I think we bought it.
Then about five years ago, I listened while she told me about a recent trip she had taken. She told me of how she found some lemon drops she could buy at a restaurant, the kind you’d find alongside a highway. She couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant and gave me some clues. I guessed where she was talking about and we then moved on from the topic. Not two minutes later, she began the very same conversation over again. Even down to giving me the same clues for the restaurant that she still couldn’t name without my help. It was like we hit the rewind button on our conversation.
My heart sank with the realization that something was truly wrong.
After that day, we talked more about getting her tested. We knew something was going on but none of us dared to think it could possibly be Alzheimer’s. We just thought something wasn’t clicking quite right. We did finally manage to have her undergo testing, though she believed she was being tested to get a baseline done and to support her husband who had a family history of Alzheimer’s.
The testing process involved several steps and several appointments. There was an MRI, psychological evaluations, exams and batteries of test questions. All of it extremely stressful and frustrating for her. In the end, we were handed a report that said she had non-age related dementia most likely of the alzheimer’s disease variety. She was 69 years old.
It’s really difficult to describe the feelings I had in the first few weeks after her diagnosis. First came shock. She was too young and it didn’t seem possible. Then sadness and grief and all the wondering about what would happen and how soon and how much time we had. Although I didn’t know a lot about alzheimer’s disease, I did know eventually she wouldn’t recognize us. That was (and still is) really hard to think about. I found that I couldn’t read a lot of reports or studies or stories about the disease at first. Partly because I didn’t want to hear about the horrible things to come, partly because I was denying that they could possibly be part of our reality down the road. I think that was true for my step dad too and maybe my siblings to some degree. The doctors did tell us about the medications she could take, though they were quick to tell us that they would not cure her, they would not stop the disease, they MIGHT simply slow down the progression of things. Might. All we had to look forward to was a slim possibility of prolonging the course of things and keeping her with us in some small way for a little longer. And we would never know for sure if the drugs were working to slow things down or not. There is no control group here, this isn’t a scientific study. This is about my mother. The woman that gave me life. And the best we had was “might help give you more time.” Time for what?
Part of my natural inclination as an adult has been to seek out alternative methods of healing for all kinds of conditions. Please understand, I’m not a doctor, I’m not an expert. I’m someone that has read a lot, learned a lot and thought a lot about health and wellness. So, instead of researching what the medical establishment had to say (THERE IS NO CURE), I sought out other opinions. As I did that, I didn’t know if my mom and step dad would be interested in stepping outside the box of western medicine. I’m flying solo mostly with my desire to avoid pharmaceutical drugs and to use natural remedies.
I read about niacinamide (from Dr. David William’s Alternative’s newsletter), coconut oil, snowdrop, gingko biloba to name just a few. I read enough to know there were possibililties, but not enough to feel confident in making suggestions to my mom. I mean, this is my mom we’re talking about. I didn’t want to be grasping at straws or seeking out dead ends. I didn’t want to give myself or anyone else false hope either. But had it been me or my husband, I would have tried every natural alternative I could get my hands on. I think the biggest thing that has held me back though is the lack of a clear plan. I had the names of some supplements and herbs and oils that could possibly help, but no clear direction on how much to take, how often to take them or anything like that.
But I’ve recently found a program that I’m excited about. It’s from Frank Mangano, a health researcher from New York. He has a program he’s spent quite a bit of time researching and putting together. You can find it here and look into it. Here’s some of what you’ll learn from his ebook:
- What medications are worthless in treating Alzheimer’s and what works almost like magic.
- His all natural blueprint to naturally prevent and treat Alzheimer’s
- Which 2 alphabet Vitamins are absolutely crucial to your mental well-being and why
- The mineral that is believed to improve memory function
- Which B vitamins are vital in the treatment of Alzheimer’s
And that’s just the tip of all the information he shares.
Thanks for reading my story and may you and your loved ones live vibrantly healthy long lives.
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