Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer's

Fighting for My Life: How to Thrive in the Shadow of Alzheimer's


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A uniquely hopeful exploration of the impact of Alzheimer’s Disease. This book combines the compelling story of Jamie Tyrone - a self-proclaimed “lab rat” diagnosed with a 91 percent chance of contracting AD - with the medical expertise of Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, a leading authority on Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Jamie Tyrone was forty-nine years old when she learned she had a genetic predisposition toward Alzheimer’s disease—in fact, her genes translated to a 91 percent chance that she would contract the disease during her lifetime. Surprised by the way she learned of the diagnosis through genetic testing, and painfully familiar with Alzheimer’s because of her family history and her experience as a nurse, Jamie felt as if she had a ticking time-bomb inside her, ready to go off at any moment.

After an initial bout with depression, Jamie decided to take action rather than concede defeat. She started by founding B.A.B.E.S (Beating Alzheimer’s By Embracing Science) to raise money and awareness in the search for a cure. Energized by that community, Jamie teamed up with renowned neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh to write Fighting for My Life as a practical, helpful guide for those who know they are at greater risk of contracting Alzheimer’s Disease.

This book is unique because it offers expert medical advice from Dr. Sabbagh alongside Jamie’s real-life experiences as a woman living in the shadow of Alzheimer’s. In addition, Fighting for My Life is one of the only books on the market that takes an honest look at the pros, cons, and possible dangers of genetic testing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785221555
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 136,724
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jamie TenNapel Tyrone is a retired Registered Nurse and President/CEO of B.A.B.E.S.—"Beating Alzheimer's by Embracing Science." She is a founding member of WomenAgainstAlzheimer's (WA2) and was honored with a place on Maria Shriver's "Big Wall of Empowerment." Jamie diligently advocates to find a prevention or cure for Alzheimer’s by both participating in research herself and urging others to enroll in clinical trials.

Marwan Noel Sabbagh MD, board certified neurologist and geriatric neurologist, hopes to work himself out of a job. Considered one of the leading experts in Alzheimer’s and dementia, he is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr Sabbagh has authored and co-authored almost 300 medical and scientific articles on Alzheimer’s research. He is the author of The Alzheimer’s Answer: Reduce Your Risk and Keep Your Brain Healthy and The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health.

John Hanc is the author or co-author of 17 nonfiction books, including his own award-winning memoir, "The Coolest Race on Earth," an account of Hanc's participation in the Antarctica Marathon. His work as a journalist has appeared frequently in the New York Times, Newsday, and Columbia Journalism Review. Hanc teaches journalism at the New York Institute of Technology, where he is an associate professor.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 A Question of Balance 1

Chapter 2 The Devastating News 19

Chapter 3 Adventures of a Lab Rat 37

Chapter 4 The ABCs of ALZ 49

Chapter 5 The Genetic Puzzle of AD 61

Chapter 6 To Test or Not to Test 67

Chapter 7 Don't Forget the Other Tests 77

Chapter 8 The Real Risks of Alzheimer's 85

Chapter 9 Out of the Mouths of B.A.B.E.S 103

Chapter 10 Becoming a Caregiver 119

Chapter 11 Protecting Yourself Against AD, Part One: Diet 135

Chapter 12 Protecting Yourself Against AD, Part Two: Physical Activity 153

Chapter 13 A "World Without Alzheimer's? Yes! 165

Chapter 14 Hear Me Roar 177

Appendix 1 187

Appendix 2 191

Resource Guide 198

Notes 217

Acknowledgments 227

About the Authors 231

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