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Why is fighting Alzheimer’s important? Exclusive Q&A with George Vradenburg

Posted on 10/13/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthEvery other Thursday, we have Trish Vradenburg as our special guest blogger covering Alzheimer’s issues. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and we’re excited to have her share with us here. Earlier this month, George Vradenburg participated in his first …

Memory, Reality

Posted on 09/29/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthThis college essay for admission to Cornell University was written by my daughter, Alissa, at the age of 17. Memory: The music blares. The lights come up. Two figures appear on the state. The audience erupts into thunderous applause. The act begins. Five, six, seven, eight… Some of the greatest footwork ever seen. Absolutely unbelievable. What talent. To the crowd’s dismay, the performance is over all too soon. Reality: The stage – an old cardboard box dug out from the …

His Nana

Posted on 09/15/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthYou know how one of your kids surprises you — in a pleasant sort of way? And it gives you a warm smile inside for days, years… okay, decades. Growing up, my son, Tyler, was a typical boy.  Classically non-verbal, on top of his emotions, not a kid who enjoyed having his mom kiss him goodbye and yell out, “I love you, baby,” as he was exiting carpool.  Go figure. Not a big conversationalist: one year he said, “Yup”; the next …

Ringing Ears Is All In Your Head, Literally

Posted on 08/8/2011 by | Health | Comments

Personal HealthLately, I’ve heard a lot talk in my group of friends about tinnitus (a constant hissing or ringing sound in the ear). A dear friend’s husband has it, and he’s found no medical relief. Another friend told me last week she’s had it for a few years, and wonders if she’ll return to a good night of sleep again. You might be surprised (I was) that millions of Americans suffer from tinnitus. Whether it be from exposure to loud noises, …

Death Takes a Holiday

Posted on 08/4/2011 by | Health | Comments

Personal HealthEvery other Thursday, we have Trish Vradenburg as our special guest blogger covering Alzheimer’s issues. Trish is a playwright, author, television writer, and Alzheimer’s disease advocate. She and her husband, George, founded UsAgainstAlzheimer’s with the goal of finding a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s by the year 2020. She brings her legendary humor and wit to the devastating realities of Alzheimer’s, and we’re excited to have her share with us here. Great news – no one died today from Alzheimer’s… …

Death Takes a Holiday

Posted on 08/4/2011 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthGreat news – no one died today from Alzheimer’s… or yesterday… or this whole week… or even the whole month.  In fact, Alzheimer’s must have been cured.  At least, that is what you would think if you were an obit reader.  I’m one of those.  I learned it from my Dad.  He used to say that every morning he would wake up and look at the newspaper obits.  If his name wasn’t there, he’d go to work. But each day …