Category: Jim’s Notes

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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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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Speedy Thinking, Speedy Action

FTD is a strange disease in so many ways. In the 3-1/2 years since Vicki was diagnosed, I’ve seen her have ups and downs more extreme than any roller coaster. It can be hard for her to accomplish tasks some days; other times Vicki amazes me with her mental speed and ability. Vicki has been …

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Weathering the Storms

This past weekend, Winter storms kept me from visiting Vicki; it’s been too long since my last visit. In a separate blog I’ve started, last month I wrote about something we experienced during my last visit that shows how quickly and unexpectedly things can change. Here, slightly adapted, is what I wrote: I thought I’d …

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