Dementia brings with it a debilitating set of symptoms caused by an injury or brain disease and it affects over 47 million people worldwide.
Often appearing in those with Alzheimer's disease, it causes a long-term decline
in a person's ability to think, remember, socialize, and even move and
speak. Although we usually picture the elderly when we think about dementia, people younger than 65 can develop it as well. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are between 220,000 and 640,000 people in the U.S. with early-onset Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Unfortunately for one woman, she hadn't even turned 40 before she became one of the 22,000 Australians with the devastating condition.
Meet Sarah Brady. Described by her friends as an energetic and bubbly woman, she was living her best life in Victoria.
However, her world changed forever when doctors told her that she had early-onset dementia at only 37 years old.
In the three years since her diagnosis, her health has rapidly deteriorated.
Brady's memory, speech, and ability to move have all steadily gotten worse over the years.
Doctors believe she had been suffering with these symptoms for as long as five years before her diagnosis. Her family has a history of dementia, but nobody expected that she would ever get it in her 30s.
She now lives with her parents. There is no cure for dementia, and patients eventually reach the point when they can't take care of themselves anymore.
"It is extremely difficult to watch this untreatable disease take our Sarah from us," one of her friends said.
Despite Brady's heartbreaking condition, her loved ones are doing everything they can to make sure she lives the happiest life possible.
(via Daily Mail)
To raise awareness about early-onset dementia as well as funds for her ongoing care, her friend created the Facebook page Sarah's Fight to Remember. If you'd like to help her by donating, you can find information about how to do so here.