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"It is very rare, Pick's disease in particular, is very, very rare," says Bill Gaudette with the Alzheimer Society. "I don't even have a number we're really drilling down to very small numbers."
Myron's health continues to deteriorate.
While she misses her social and active husband, she says after almost 52 years of marriage, and raising three children together, of course she remains loyal by Myron's side.
"You can tell me a person's name and an hour later, I forgot it," Myron said.
At the time of diagnosis, Myron had been in his early 60s and was planning for retirement.
Jackie says her husband is now unsteady on his feet and his sense of time is off.
"I miss my wife," Myron said. "I was on the road for 30 years driving a truck and then I get this damn disease and she lives in one place and I live in another."
Gaudette says most cases of dementia are cases of Alzheimer's but there are other, more rare forms of dementia such as frontotemporal dementia and within that Cheap Women Canada Goose Whistler Parka Black Nz an even rarer subset of frontotemporal dementia called Pick's disease.
When Jackie was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the couple decided Myron needed round the clock care in a nursing home.
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"(He) went into depression, became psychotic, and that's when we discovered through all the treatments and counselling that he had the Pick's disease," Jackie said.
Jackie Polis has been visiting the Youville Nursing Home in St. Albert every few days for the past 10 years.
Gaudette says people will start to show symptoms caused by the degeneration of the frontal lobe.
Patients are typically diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 70.
"When Myron first was diagnosed I tried to find out all the information I could find to make me aware of what it was all about and what is to be expected down the road. It has made me very strong and it has made me more aware," Jackie said.
"Actually marking the calendar for retirement and it kind of just blew his retirement as well, he never really saw retirement," Jackie said.
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The disease began to affect Myron's memory and mobility.