Chasing Dignity was created to share our story about living with FTD aka Frontotemporal Dementia, or as some like to call it Frontotemporal Degeneration. I will be writing this blog in 1st person, as the viewpoint is mine. I am Brenda’s daughter-in-law and I believe Brenda is suffering from FTD.
My name is Cindy Wackerly and I have three children ages 17, 10, and 10 (b/g twins). My husband, Brandon, is active duty military and we live in North Carolina near the Outer Banks. Brandon and I have been married for 13 years this March and have battled with our dysfunctional families which we consider “normal” although I don’t believe there is such a thing as “normal”.
In August 2011 our lives were turned upside down when we rescued Brenda from a homeless shelter in Oklahoma. I have decided to try something different by blogging about living with FTD and our personal experience. I hope this blog can express the raw emotions we are feeling and that readers can understand the reality of what we are living through. I hope this blog will shed light on FTD and help “the powers that be” recognize this is a very real disease and make more informed, compassionate decisions for those who are suffering.
For more information about FTD/Frontotemporal Dementia, please visit the AFTD (The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration) website at: http://www.theaftd.org/