Talked to Differently After Diagnosis

The people I have been close to want so badly to make my diagnosis go away. They say things like, “Oh, I forget things all the time. It’s part of aging.”

My memory loss is not like yours

I was diagnosed in 2022 at 68 years old. I traveled internationally on disaster teams as a nurse. What I tell them is my loss of memory is not like that. That thought is GONE.

I’m not upset with them, but just this week, I experienced my first episode of agitation. I was shocked at my behavior. I’ve never thrown things before. I was doing it, screaming and crying. I thought I was just grieving my diagnosis. Now I understand better. Now I have tools. I’ll be kinder to myself.

This is my story.

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