Mary McKinlay
Mary McKinlay
29/12/2009 07:31:10
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retired administrative secretary
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Friday, July 03 2009

After several years of worrying that I probably had a brain tumor, I finally went to the doctor in the fall of 2005, after ‘forgetting’ how to put my denture back in my mouth. I actually felt very relieved that the diagnosis was early onset alzheimers, and not the dreaded brain tumor. I was 61 at the time.

The doctor started me immediately on Aricept, and two months later on Ebixa, which is the Canadian version of Namenda. I can’t say that I felt any different on the Aricept, but I really noticed a lessening of the ‘fog’ once the Ebixa kicked in.

I spend several hours a day exercising my brain….with the Nintendo Brain Age game, and the games at I’m a whiz at Sudoku and canasta! I’m convinced that I’m making new paths through the ‘maze’ in my brain!

We keep trying anything that we read about that might help…..we’ve now switched to coconut oil, rather than butter or margarine, and of course the Omega 3-6-9. I did take the cinnamon capsules for about six months, but I’m not sure if that was what might have been causing the anxiety issues I was having.

I have been writing in my online journal since I was diagnosed, so I can share how I’m doing with my family. You are welcome to check it out.

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