On August 14th, Beth was admitted to the hospital immediately following an MRI scan. After being in the hospital for 2 weeks with little answers, Beth was sadly diagnosed with CJD; Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease. When she was first having symptoms, the doctors suspected this, but it was just confirmed. The prognosis with this disease is always poor. It will prove fatal; we just don’t know when. The next few weeks will be long and hard, as we have already seen a major cognitive decline. She won’t be able to be in touch with anyone, so I wanted to let you know why. We are very appreciative of all the care and concern people have already shown us. I know you love my Mom and want to know what’s happening. I hope you’ll respect our family’s need for privacy right now. As things change, we’ll fill you in. Please understand that neither I nor some of the people closest to us will be able to update you regularly. We hope you can understand. If you have to reach someone, please try our rabbi, Jack Paskoff. It’s easiest to get him at his email address—firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for being in our lives and for your love and concern.