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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Alzheimer's Firsthand

What Alzheimer’s Feels Like from the Inside (+Video)

An investigative reporter chronicles the progression of his own disease.

Greg O'Brien | December 10, 2015

[Blogger's note: “Can Alzheimer’s be Stopped?” premieres 2016 on PBS NOVA, as noted in the article below.]
I was up again at 4 a.m. the other night, one of five nocturnal ramblings in the early morning, the new me. No sleep. Picking my way in the dark, familiar territory of a home on Cape Cod where I have lived with my family for 34 years.
I fumbled into the bathroom as I felt the numbness creep up the back of my neck like a penetrating fog, slowly inching to the front of my mind. It was as if a light in my brain had been shut off. I was overcome by the darkness of not knowing where I was and who I was. So I reached for my cellphone that substitutes as a flashlight, and called the house. My wife, deep asleep in our bed just 20 feet away, rose like Lazarus from the grave to grab the phone in angst, fearing a car crash with one of the kids or the death of an extended family member.
It was me, just me. I was lost in the bathroom. [...]

April 2015. Source:

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