sstroy wrote:I apologize for using the wrong terminology in my original post by using the word "bad". I did not mean to offend anyone. I am new to this site. My mother passed away from Alzheimer's Disease two weeks ago. It was very painful to watch her suffer throughout this disease, but especially during these last few months. I resubmitted the test to 23andme because I think it is important for me to know my status and to do what I can to change or postpone the debilitating effects of this disease. I have read the book "The End of Alzheimer's" and recognize my need to make lifestyle changes regardless of the outcome of my test.
Please don't feel that you ever have to apologize for using the word "bad"; it certainly didn't offend me. I would have used much harsher words and phrases when I got the news 6 years ago1 Many people find this forum when they feel like they've been thrown into a very dark place by unexpected test results--or even by having their suspicions confirmed on a test. ApoE4.info exists to help us discover that whatever our results, those genes are not destiny! Decisions, small and large, can dramatically improve our health now and in the future.
Having lost my own mother to Alzheimer's 12 years ago, please accept my deepest condolences on your mother's recent passing. I am sure she would be proud of your determination to turn the pain of watching her suffer into a determination to write a different future for yourself. I hope over time the memories of the last few months are softened by remembering your happiest moments with her, and the times she found and gave joy and love to others.
The first resource I found here, and the one I still think is the best for new members is Dr. Stavia's Primer
, recommended in the reply to you by our Health Coach Intern summer0088
. The strategies listed can be browsed out of order, and offer a quick tutorial with steps you can start to take a few at a time, without feeling you have to turn your life upside down.
We're here to help in whatever ways you find useful.