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Tracy's Story
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Living with dementia: 5 years


My name is Tracy, and I am living with early-onset dementia. I was 38 years old when I was diagnosed, and I am now 42 years old. With the love and support of my family, I'm a very tireless advocate for Alzheimer's disease.

Through the telephone and the Internet, I spend my days connecting with others who have been newly diagnosed and are searching for answers and most of all, hope. I try to be their rock and give them courage to continue on and teach them how to become advocates for Alzheimer's disease. After all, it is their voice that makes a difference.
Last year, I donated The Dementia Memory Quilt - A Reason To Remember to the Alzheimer's Association. It now rests in their national office. It's purpose was to give hope and honor to those that have passed, and to those that are still fighting this disease. It's also to show that Alzheimer's disease is not an "old" person's disease.
I enjoy spending my time with my family outdoors and raising funds to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

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