The diagnosis of any family member with Alzheimer's or only early onset dementia, Alzheimer's-related is not only a shock, but a heartbreaker.
Alzheimer's is not yet a curable disease. It is a disease that remains challenging for the medical world as well as the patient's families going through it.
However, Alzheimer's is not a death sentence, nor should it be.
Two celebrities in their own worlds are excellent examples.
Entertainer and songwriter Glen Campbell announced earlier this year that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's. This diagnosis is not stopping the "Rhinestone Cowboy."
Campbell is releasing a new album next week entitled "Ghost on the Canvas." With musical assistance from three of his children, it will be his final album, He then making one last farewell tour for himself as well as his fans.
University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt's announcement Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type.
The legendary and Hall of Fame coach almost hit the first Mayo Clinic doctor who gave her the diagnosis. Summitt is also continuing her career.
Now in her 38 th year of coaching, Summitt plans to coach this season along with help from her assistant coaches. Anyone who has seen Summitt coach knows she intends to complete this year.
Credit goes to both Campbell and Summitt on several fronts.
First, for going public concern their disease diagnosis.
Second, for continuing their careers to the best of their ability.
Both of their efforts serve as examples as courage and encouragement for others facing the same diagnosis.