Tags archives: disease

  • Do You Believe in Angels or Coincidences?

  • While on Face Book last night I saw that a wonderful friend had posted a story of her being at a grocery store and a couple in front of her had not enough money to pay for their groceries.  Even as they put things back, they still did not have enough money.  She thoughtfully asked the clerk how much[...]
Choice...My Choice...
  • Choice...My Choice...

  • Well, as you can see my life seems to be one issue after another... I was trying to deal with my tumor and paralysis, not being able to work, my family was trying to adjust to the changes, it just seemed like nothing was right and I just wanted it to be normal again...but, what is normal? Sinc[...]
  • Daily Inspiration: Ping-Pong

  • A few days ago I met with a new patient for the first time, he was elderly, in relatively good health considering he suffers daily with a debilitating disease, his smile was warm and inviting and his attitude towards life was refreshingly happy. He made me feel very welcome and appreciated that I to[...]
Insurance – Don’t Get Me Started! Part One
  • Insurance – Don’t Get Me Started! Part One

  • We have great insurance I guess you could say we are one of the lucky ones.  My husband has worked hard to make a good living and provide for his family.  But, without good health there is nothing that can prepare any family for a brain tumor. Everything was fine at first, as long as I was in the[...]
  • PD Another Plunge Downstairs, With a Premonition

  • They say those who can't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it, which must apply to PWP who lug stuff up exterior stairs, like cases of soda pop, or 12 dress shirts on hangers. Weight is immaterial. Doing the forbidden with risky footing is the error. That's my growing suspicion, based o[...]
  • Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

  • I know that by now, I probably sound like a broken record when I say that people do not want to think about Alzheimer’s disease or aging in general.  That is their choice.   But one of the problems caused by this stubborn refusal to address reality is that many myths about Alzheimer’s come to be v[...]
  • Getting Old

  • Regular readers of this blog know that I am passionately committed to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Currently, I serve as the co-chair of the Los Angeles Walk to End Alzheimer’s.   A couple of weeks ago, another member of the committee and I got into a heated debate about how to boost awa[...]
  • Trying to See Into the Future

  • Movie studio workers set red traffic safety cones and coils of heavy electric wiring down outside Louie's #2, a down-at-the-heels chop suey joint on the cold, windy L.A. Harbor waterfront. Pungent Asian food aromas perfume the night and jukebox music rides the breeze. Movie people work all hours [...]
  • Is it Normal or is it Alzheimer’s?

  • We’ve all that those moments when we forget basic information – someone’s name, what someone does for a living, or where we left our keys.  And every time that happens, we call it a “senior moment.”   We know that some level of cognitive decline is inevitable as we age.  As the brain ages[...]
  • When the Alzheimer’s Patient Lashes Out

  • Have you ever seen your father flip out? I mean, really, flip out? Voice screaming, arms flailing, face turning red as an apple?   Odds are, if you ever screwed up as a child, you’ve seen this before.  Maybe you stayed out past curfew.  Maybe you “borrowed” dad’s car without asking.  Maybe[...]