Chuck was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s on August 2nd, 2013. It started with our spring flower planting around our home. We did the same thing every year so we both were alarmed when Chuck couldn’t figure out even with my help where to put the flowers. I had also heard that that some of his co-workers were concerned about him. Chuck had been at his employer for almost 40 years (right out of High School) so he knew his job well. We decided to see his general doctor to see what he thought. There is a family history of Alzheimer’s so with that & other things happening he referred us to Neurologist. After ruling everything else out with the Neurologist he referred us to the next step, testing with a Neuropsychologist to confirm or rule out Alzheimer’s.
The appointment to receive the results of the testing by the Neuropsychologist had arrived. It was confirmed Early Onset Alzheimer’s. At the age of 57 Chuck had to medically retire from work immediately. Best guess was that he was well into the moderate stage at that point.
Chuck has been so amazing through it all. He has bravely faced every challenge this disease has given him. Alzheimer’s has taken a lot however it’s been unable to take his handsome smile, laugh, sense of humor and that awesome wink of his. Sometimes we laugh just at laughing if you know what I mean.
Over the past month the disease has progressed to the point of starting hospice. Chuck is home and comfortable. We are taking it one day at a time and trusting in God’s perfect timing.
We feel all of your love & prayers...Thanks for visiting our site.
With Love, Mary
PS At Chuck's retirement party they did a slide show with all their favorite "Chuckism's" as they called them. :-) I will share whenever I update. I'm sure you'll remember many of them!
Chuckism #1 "That's my story and I'm sticking to it!"