Linda's Life

We live in an altruistic society. Every TV station I’ve worked for is actively involved in important charity fundraisers.

Whether its breast cancer, Alzheimer’s or other awareness campaigns, Americans open their wallets to help the cause that means something to them Often donations go towards funding research.

There is one disease that is mostly unknown that will not likely receive much donation money. There probably won’t be a walk or a 10k to rally around the victims of this disease.

 Picks disease took the life of a woman I was once very close too. The mother in law of my ex-wife was a very good friend, as is my ex to this day. A little less than three years ago she was diagnosed with Picks disease. A cruel and rare disease in which there is no cure.

 Linda was an outgoing woman who loved to travel and had a magnetic personality. People loved being around Linda. When you were in her presence she had a way of making you feel like the most important person in the room. When I was struggling with day to day issues that many of us do, I could always voice my concerns or problems to Linda and she would offer the best advice she could, but more importantly make herself available to talk. Even after her daughter and I split up, she remained supportive and loyal in my endeavors. It wasn’t just me that she opened herself up to. Everyone who was in her large circle of friends, family and church family was somehow touched by Linda’s powerful personality that just drew people in.

Picks disease is also known as front temporal lobar degeneration, basically the frontal lobe of the brain atrophies. The results are not unlike Alzheimer’s.  Dementia, personality shifts, incontinence, 24 hour care, extraordinary heartbreak for loved ones. Fortunately Pick’s disease does not let its victims linger more than a couple of years. Linda died less than three years after diagnosis.

There won’t be a walk, or a marathon or a 10k to raise awareness for Pick’s disease. However, there is the internet and the accessibility of information for anyone who is touched by this insidious disease. The internet, of course, offers a lot of information about Picks disease.

Even in death Linda is still offering help to others. She donated her body to science in the hopes of finding out more about this insidious disease. Linda always put others first, in life and in death.

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  • by Brian Location: Lakewood Colorado on Apr 1, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    Thanks for the kind words Bernie and for introducing your audience to this silent killer. I look forward to the day when the FTD series of diseases reach the awareness level and treatments can be pursued.
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