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CARMEN’S JOURNEY - My wife’s name is Carmen. She was born and educated in Romania and was once a political prisoner for six months. I opened a business in Romania in 1992; Carmen and I met in Romania in 1996 and we were married in 1999. After arranging for Carmen’s immigration status in the states, she decided to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. Despite speaking very little English at first, she pursued this course of study and graduated with a 3.85 average. She was in her early forties at this time.

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Providing three square meals a days and receiving help with getting dressed in a nursing home should really be no longer acceptable. This is the traditional way. Recently I received a call from the social worker where my husband resides in a dementia unit at a nursing facility. She wanted to know if I just wanted him kept comfortable and hydrated since he was unresponsive, or did I want him sent to the hospital. Naturally I jumped from my chair and said: "He just had the beginning of a head cold. What is going on?

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Sharing my story is very difficult. You see, I am 51 years old and have Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. I watched my mother’s sisters die of it, one of them with early onset. My mother is in late stages now at age 80. I knew the signs and symptoms so I was lucky to be diagnosed so early. Or am I lucky. The emotional roller coaster I am on is one that I would be very happy to be off. Feeling myself slipping from day to day is horrible, frightening, and lonely.

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