Hi! I’m Lynnetta and I’m currently a wife, stay-at-home mom, and full-time student. In October 2010, my husband, Quinten, was diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s after almost of year of testing. I’ve been his full-time caregiver since then. The road hasn’t been easy but I am thankful for the 2 years of “good” we’ve had since the diagnosis. I blog our daily life at Remember For Me. My blogging there tends to be very raw and very honest about what we are dealing with. I hope to keep that out of this blog.
In addition to being Quinten’s caregiver, I am also mom to 5 terrific kids…..or rather, young adults/teens. The boys are 21, 19, and 18, and my twin girls are 15. I am incredibly proud of them and so thankful I get to be their mom. They are another reason driving my desire to clean up our diets. The better their diets, the healthier they will be–which will hopefully lessen their chances of getting Alzheimer’s when they are older.
As a caregiver, I am acutely aware that my own risk of developing Alzheimer’s is increased by something like 6x the general public. Studies I’ve read haven’t clearly pinpointed the cause of this increased risk–whether it’s the increased stress causing it or if it’s the shared lifestyle choices of the spouse with Alzheimer’s remains to be determined. Regardless, it’s time to get serious.