With love to my dear friend who is slowly losing his marbles… as did Aunt Janie… Alzheimer’s touches us all…
In this installment of NPR’s series Inside Alzheimer’s, we hear from Greg O’Brien about his decision to forgo treatment for another life-threatening illness. A longtime journalist in Cape Cod, Mass., O’Brien was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009.
These days, Greg O’Brien is thinking differently about the future. It’s been six years since his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and he’s shared with NPR listeners a lot about his fight to maintain what’s left of his memory. He’s shared his struggles with losing independence, and with helping his close-knit family deal with his illness.
What O’Brien hasn’t wanted to talk about until now is the diagnosis he got two weeks before he and his family learned he had Alzheimer’s disease: O’Brien also has stage 3 prostate cancer. Now, as his Alzheimer’s symptoms worsen, the cancer is increasingly on his mind.
“I just don’t know how much longer I can keep putting up this fight,” he says.
This summer, Greg and his wife, Mary Catherine O’Brien, have started talking about how he wants to spend the final years of his life — and what Greg calls his “exit strategy.”
Read or hear the full story: http://www.npr.org/series/389781574/inside-alzheimers
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