I was diagnosed with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) after over 15 years of experiencing a slow progression of seemingly inexplicable mental and physical decline. As a dentist, this was very frustrating. I had a thriving dental practice when I began to have difficulty remembering very routine tasks. I closed my practice in 1989 because my memory was getting so bad that I was afraid that I would endanger my patients by possibly doing the wrong procedure for them.
My memory decline was followed by a triad of symptoms – incontinence, difficulty walking and dementia — which I know now are all common signs of NPH.
Thanks to the HA and my medical team, I was able to learn more about this condition and pursue treatment. I received a programmable shunt, and after nine months, I was back to normal.
I GIVE because 15 years is too long, and there needs to be greater awareness and more research on hydrocephalus.
Please join me right now and support HA’s plan to address these needs. I’m living proof of the impact HA has on our community!
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P.S. I just celebrated my 60th wedding anniversary, and I am thankful for my new lease on life. I hope my story will reach others to help raise awareness.