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Elbow Texting: Call for Help

Roller Coaster

I’ve been visiting Vicki for a few days. When I arrived, Vicki was having one of the best days she’d had in quite a while. I haven’t seen her with this much energy in a long time. She told me she’d had a great visit with her daughters the evening before, and was enjoying a …

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July 17: Anniversary of a Diagnosis

  Four years ago, July 17, 2009, Vicki Wells Bedard and her daughter Beth were at the doctor’s office to receive results of Vicki’s recent medical tests. On that day, Vicki wrote this and more in her journal:   I sat before Dr. Bazoki, with Beth, and we conversed like over coffee. “Your mother has …

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A Wedding Celebration!

On Friday, a mutual friend and I escorted Vicki to her oldest grandchild Zack Whaley’s wedding – the family’s first wedding of their generation. The weather couldn’t have been better for the ceremony on the shore of Lake Michigan. The wedding was a wonderful celebration. And it was extra-special for Vicki who didn’t think she’d …

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Permanent link to this article: https://soncountry.net/voice/2013/06/a-wedding-celebration/

Prepare for a good end of life

“End of life” is something constantly in mind but not spoken of too much on Vicki’s journey. Most of us don’t like to talk about death, even when it’s clearly going to happen. Since finding out about Vicki’s Frontotemporal Dementia diagnosis almost 4 years ago, I’ve “willed her to live” as long as she can, …

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Permanent link to this article: https://soncountry.net/voice/2013/05/prepare-for-a-good-end-of-life/

Forbes: ‘It’s Not Me, It’s The Disease’: Making Sense Of A Brain Disorder

The Hendersons

Vicki and I recently read an excellent article about one man’s signs and symptoms of FTD – and the need to keep pushing for an accurate diagnosis. Brandt Henderson was 58 years old when the article was written last year. He shares how he’s experiencing FTD and what it means for his family. Brandt’s early signs …

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Permanent link to this article: https://soncountry.net/voice/2013/04/forbes-its-not-me-its-the-disease-making-sense-of-a-brain-disorder/