Julestra wrote:Hi everyone,
Like a lot of people, I imagine, I'm here after receiving a genetic heritage and health testing kit as a gift (and what a gift! ) and discovering I'm 4/4. I was and still am really shocked - I can't think of anyone in my family ever having had Alzheimer's, although my father died young and so obviously I don't know what would have happened to him as he aged.
Alzheimer's had never affected me simply because it had never happened to anyone I know. I'm 38 and until now had felt quite youthful, but now all of a sudden I feel old and have this sense of impending doom whenever I think about the future. I'm Scottish but have lived in Italy for nearly all of my adult life, so one thing I'm feeling fairly positive about, I suppose, is the fact that I have eaten a Mediterranean diet for the last twenty years without even having to think about it. The threads on these forums have filled me with some hope and also some good advice, which I hope to follow carefully as I aim to really take a serious look at my diet and how I can improve. But I am also getting really concerned when reading other stories about people with 4/4 status who are being diagnosed at a very young age, and it makes me wonder if this is all really worth it, or if lifestyle changes can really do as much as we hope? I am divorced, live alone and don't have children or indeed any family here, so I am having all these bleak, panicked thoughts about facing an early decline with nobody to look out for me . I suppose I just have to try to remain calm and draw strength from the many positive stories here! Sending you all good thoughts and positivity!!!!
Hello, Julestra, welcome!Julestra wrote:The threads on these forums have filled me with some hope and also some good advice, which I hope to follow carefully as I aim to really take a serious look at my diet and how I can improve.
As you read the about the personal experiences of many people on the website, I think you’ll see that making the changes really is worthwhile. And as you say, remaining calm and drawing strength from the many positive stories here is a good way to go.Julestra wrote: and it makes me wonder if this is all really worth it, or if lifestyle changes can really do as much as we hope
Julestra wrote:Hi everyone,...Alzheimer's had never affected me simply because it had never happened to anyone I know...!!
Julestra wrote:I've also purchased the meditation app "Headspace" which I am really enjoying - not sure what people's thoughts are about meditation and whether it can do any good, but I've found it really helpful with keeping calm and focused and I figure that can't be a bad thing! Thank you again and sending the very best to everyone.
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