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June 20, 2006

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Paula Martinac

Hi Mona,

It's cruel that your father had a double whammy of CAA and AD - as if one or the other wasn't enough - but, like my dad, he was still "there" somewhere underneath the fog. I found "Things are different here now" such a moving and apt statement - simple on the surface, yet a perfect summary. And what a great photo!

Thanks for commenting at my site - I am a bit of a slacker when it comes to comments, but am trying to catch up with all the helpful blogs I'm discovering on AD and dementia.

Lara

Hi Mona,

I wanted to thank you for your blog. In March of 2008 my mom had a massive hemorrhagic stroke at the age of 66 which took her life. It came as a shock to us all ... and 7 months later we finally had the autopsy report - that she had CAA. I've done some searching over the past few months for info and support groups for CAA ... and am always directed back to your blog.

We too wondered if we could have been better diagnosticians in the weeks leading up to her death. She was unusually confused over how to work her new apple computer - very strange for a woman who taught apple based skills to children as a teacher. And, memory loss was, looking back on it more evident than any of us (and she) wanted to see. The night she had the stroke I spoke to her on the phone about 2 hours before ... and she commented how wonderful it was I couldn't recall some detail.

Thank you again for your continued search for answers ... there are others that are too.

Best,

Lara

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