Sofia Petersson from Sweden was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in her late 30s. Her father, uncle and grandmother also suffered from the disease. Sofia contributed a blog for the Women’s Brain Project about living with Alzheimer’s.
“I could not have imagined that seventeen years after my father’s death, I would receive the news that I was affected as well. Unfortunately, I had to struggle at first to be believed by doctors. When I passed most of the standardized tests, the doctors said that it was nothing to worry about. I had to change doctors twice but I finally got the right help when I got in contact with my father’s old retired doctor. While the medical investigation was going on, I studied to be a health educator and managed a three-year education at the university.
My goal is to write about the many challenges of young-onset Alzheimer’s patients, and especially women’s experiences.”
You can read Sofia’s first-hand account on our website at Sofia’s Story