DEAR DEIDRE: IT feels like my life has ended since I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. I’m worried sick about what the future will hold.
I’m 62 and I first found out that I had middle-stage Alzheimer’s four months ago.
My diagnosis came as a surprise, as I initially visited the doctor about my mental health.
I hadn’t quite prepared myself for the earth-shattering news that I had a terminal illness.
I’ve been trying my best to stay positive, but coming to terms with it has been difficult, and no matter what I do I can’t shake the anxious thoughts.
My wife is torn apart, and while she’s been so supportive I can see how it’s affecting her.
To make matters worse I’ve had no communication from the doctor, and my next appointment is months away.
My nerves are at an all-time high, and I’m terrified about what will happen to me.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It’s entirely normal and understandable that you feel frightened at this time, but remember a diagnosis doesn’t signal the end of your life or that you’re powerless against the disease.
And it is often possible to relieve some symptoms with medication.
Contact the Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk, 0300 222 1122) which can offer you and your wife advice.
Its helpline offers information, guidance and support on Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia.
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