On the Frontlines of Caregiving: No Ordinary Caregiver

Lynette Whiteman

On the Frontlines of Caregiving: No Ordinary Caregiver

Lynette Whiteman
Sharon Hall is no ordinary caregiver. Not only is she caring for her 96 year-old mother who has dementia, but she also cares for her husband who was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Dementia (FTD). But Sharon's uniqueness does not end there. Instead of feeling sorry for her plight, she made a choice - to advocate for and educate others who may find themselves in similar situations.

The path to diagnosis of her husband Rod's FTD was not an easy one. Along the way, Rod was misdiagnosed numerous times. Sharon and Rod went to see psychiatrists and marriage counselors. At one point, they were even told that Rod was suffering from a "mid-life" crisis.

After finding Caregiving.com, Sharon came across a post with the video link which explains the symptoms of FTD called: "It Is What It Is"

Boy - that sure sounded familiar!

Finally, Sharon sought out help from a teaching hospital and Rod was seen by physicians trained to spot this very troubling illness and was accurately diagnosed. Sharon's life mission now is to make sure that others facing this illness do not have to learn the hard way that this illness is not "just a personality change."

I hope that hearing Sharon's story and the overview of FTD symptoms in my interview with her will help someone who may be struggling to find an answer. Sharon is going to be a presenter at the NCC18 Conference and will be speaking about FTD. She will also be on a panel with me discussing "The Path To Diagnosis." If you cannot attend Chicago in person, please join us virtually.

Every day I meet incredibly inspiring caregivers doing their very best. Sharon not only does her best in her personal life, she also strives to make life easier for other caregivers. Thank you Sharon for sharing this message and all you do!

Listen to "What Is Frontal Temporal Dementia?" on Spreaker.

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