Dementia Success Stories:
“How we made a difference for self and those around us AFTER diagnosis”
A dementia brain-storming project by participants of PWD Perspective newsletter
Compiled and edited by Truthful L. Kindness (yes it is legal name)
1). Label: Kathleen Anduze
2). Occupation: Former Registered Nurse and Medical Practice Site Director, Wife & Mother
3). Location: United States of America, New York State
4). Tentative Diagnosis: 51 years old at age of working diagnosis
5). Year of Diagnosis: 2011
6). Definitive Diagnosis: 18 months later, in early 2013, I was given a DaT Scan . I was then told by my neurologist who specializes in Lewy Body Dementia, that his suspicions were confirmed by the DaT Scan.
7). Type of Dementia: Lewy Body Dementia
8). Since diagnosis: I have always been an amateur painter, and since my diagnosis, I have noticed that my paintings have taken on the impasto feel/technique, which is a very expressive form of painting. My painting entitled, “Peace on Earth” was chosen by Lewy Body Dementia Association to represent them for their annual holiday greeting card. I also take pride in raising awareness and support for Lewy Body Dementia. My family and I are hosting an ice cream social in May 2015 to support the LBDA. The event will be held on our family farm.
9). What do you wish your primary Physician knew about dementia: My primary MD was one of the first to recognize this illness in me. He was very knowledgeable and encouraged me to see a specialist.
10). What do you wish your specialist Physician knew about dementia? My neurologist specializes in Lewy Body Dementia. I advise anyone who asks me, to take the time to see a specialist at a hospital such as Lahey Hospital in Boston.
11). What do you wish your family knew about dementia? I am thankful that my family made it a priority to learn about this illness.
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