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My mother was diagnosed with PPA in 2014 at age 61 and declined quickly. Her speech, writing, reading, motor functioning has been very affected. She was diagnosed when I was 23 years old. My father was also sick and taking care of my mother. Due to their illnesses, they both lost their businesses, their home, and filed for bankruptcy. After my father died I did not have the time due to my enrollment in graduate school, nor did I have the energy or the money to become her full time caretaker so she is now in a home for those with dementia. Luckily I was able to find a place nearby for a few hundred dollars over the amount she receives in SSI. She is well taken care of but hates living amongst "old" people. She was in extreme denial when the onset of her disease came around 2012/2013 and took much convincing to get her to see a doctor. She has always thought of herself as young and independent so facing this disease has been a continual struggle for her. Losing my father and my mother has been difficult and having to take on the role of caregiver has been heartbreaking.

January 12, 2018 - 10:50pm


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