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March 03, 2010

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Kathryn

The Thousand Mile Stare is indeed a riviting story. I read it in one day (2 sittings). I'd heard of EOA, but am more familiar with the more common late-onset Alzheimer's, having recently lost an uncle to dementia. I made many many visits to the 'Memory Care' facility and watched residents come and go over the 4 years he lived there.
Tears flowed as I read passages of the book; others brought smiles. My dad grew up in Oklahoma. He recounts stories of the Dust Bowl and Depression eras, so that part story was also familiar.
Luckily, we've only had one case of dementia in my family, so far...
I thank Gary's family for their willingness to be tested and their involvment in searching for the cause and hopefully soon, a cure for Alzheimer's. Thank you for writing a couragous and enlightening book.

MARY E VARNER

HI GARY,I AM YOUR COUSIN MARY ELLEN REISWIG VARNER, I AM EZRA'S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER. MY HUSBAND ROGER AND I WENT BALKO LAST WEEK TO CHECK ON MOM AND DAD'S GRAVE. WE HAD NOT BEEN BACK SINCE MOM DIED IN 1998. IT WAS A FAST AND FURIOS TRIP. WHEN WE GOT HOME I STARTED GETTING ON THE INTERNET CHECKING OUR FAMILY AND UP POPPED YOUR NAME AND FOUND OUT YOU WROTE A BOOK ABOUT OUR FAMILY. I READ THE BOOK AND IT LEFT ME IN TEARS.THE DEVASTATION THIS DISEASE HAS CAUSED IS ALMOST UNBELEIVABLE BUT YET IT IS STILL HAPPENIN. I DO NOT REMEMBER YOU AND EMBARRASED TO SAY I CAN NOT REMEMBER YOUR PARENTS NAMES

Gary Reiswig

Mary Ellen, thank you for writing. My parents were Fred & Della (Gregory) and I remember you and Vicki very well. Your mom and dad, with the two of you, often stayed with us when you came to Oklahoma to visit when you were small and I carried you around the house when you were a baby. If you want to contact me directly, my email address is gdreiswig@yahoo.com. I hope to hear from you.

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