January 1, 2020
This site consists of a journal I started on January 21, 2011. That was the date on which my wife, Kate, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is an account of our lives since that time and includes the symptoms Kate has displayed as well as how we have adapted. You will also learn about our frustrations and problems.
At the time of this site’s launch on January 21, 2018, I uploaded almost 700 journal entries. Since then, I have added 1000 more. I continue to write new posts, but I don’t have a regular schedule. I write them as new things occur. Sometimes I may not write anything for a day or so. Other days I may make two or three entries.
What may surprise you is how much we have been able to enjoy life and each other even as we experience the toughest challenges of this disease. In that respect, we have been more fortunate than most couples who travel this road. The past year Kate has declined significantly and is now in Stage 7 of the 7-Stage Model of the Progression of Alzheimer’s, but our relationship remains strong. She expresses more irritability now, but she is also much more dependent and very appreciative of what I do for her. Yesterday, she thanked me for taking care of her, and said, “I don’t know how you do it.” None of us knows what life will be like a year from now, but I plan for us to enjoy ourselves as much as we can for as long we can. That seems to have worked in the past.
Thanks for your visit.
Richard Creighton @LivingWthAlz