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FRONTOTEMPORAL Dementia with Parkinsonism Huh? I promise future diaries from me will be about our country and our world, but I had to share my reaction when I was informed what is
Happening inside my head.I burst out laughing. 'You mean I have a certain kind of dementia?"I asked.I am told there are many different kinds.

 Now add Parkinsomism. I am not saying Parkinson", I am saying ParkinsonismThat says I am in the "family" of Parkinson"s.

I had no idea symptoms include making poor decisions, AND SAYING IN-APPORIATE things
to people. I have yet to have my face slapped, well, maybe that one time at the checkout stand.

Symptoms change from person to person, so if you our your loved ones hear that name, ask lots of questions. I am told this gets worse, and two to ten years is what is probable
For me to live. As I write this, no cure has been discovered.

I am going to say what I have written before. Refuse to let an illness define who you are.
Live for the moment,the next one isn't promised. I run probably too much. I am now
Playing brain games. Luminosity is a great game to exercise your brain.My mother who was
a teacher,always made me do something I was memorizing five times in a row. It had to be perfect,if I got four in a row and messed up my fifth time,I had to start again. I hated
That as a kid, but that method got me through Army medic school and college I use that
"Five times perfect" rule, even today.

When you wake up in the morning,you look in the bathroom mirror and see your face.
You know who you are, who you love, and who you don"t. You know what you believe in
And what your plans are for the day. Embrace this fact. Clarity of thought is a beautiful
part of your mind. Never take your ability to think,for granted.

Learn what is important and what is not.Be active and live.

This morning,I ran at sunrise. Nature offers an "orchestra" to listen to every season.The birds,woodpeckers,and frogs provide a beautiful sound this time of year. If you shut everything out of your mind,you soon will learn every bird sound is different,the woodpecker provides the drum and the frog  provides the base. I run down a long dead end street. As I turn around, the air is rushing throughout my body. The sun in the sky
is breath taking. Harmony is everywhere. I am never more alive than that moment.

If I die tomorrow,I have lived today.

_We wish you sunshine on

your path and storms to

season your journey.

We wish you peace in the world

in which you live and in the smallest

corner of the heart where truth is kept....

More we cannot wish you except perhaps

love to make all the rest worthwhile.

_Robert A.Ward

Originally posted to The Sandbox on Sun Apr 13, 2014 at 01:38 PM PDT.

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