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Pat Summitt diagnosed with early onset dementia (University of Tennessee women's basketball coach)
Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel ^ | August 23, 2011 | Dan Fleser

Posted on 08/23/2011 1:56:31 PM PDT by libstripper

For such a strong figure, Pat Summitt was feeling almost helpless.

Months of erratic behavior had left the Tennessee women’s basketball coach bewildered, scared and asking herself “What’s wrong with me?”

Summitt went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May. She underwent a series of tests and received a stunning answer. The diagnosis was early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

(Excerpt) Read more at govolsxtra.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; basketball; prayer; summitt; ut
Since she's only 59, this is a horrible tragedy for her, her family, and all basketball fans. It's terrible how so many of our best like Pat, Ronald Reagan, and Charlton Heston are aflicted by this vile disease. I've already said my prayers for Pat and her family and hope all other FReepers do the same.
1 posted on 08/23/2011 1:56:38 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Very sad. Prayers for a breakthru in a cure for this tragic disease.


2 posted on 08/23/2011 1:58:08 PM PDT by brytlea (Wake me when it's over...)
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To: libstripper

What a sad piece of news. So young, too. God bless her and her family and friends who face incredible challenges ahead. Sad news for the sports world, too, as we will lose one of the all time greats.


3 posted on 08/23/2011 2:03:35 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: libstripper

Prayers for Coach Summitt, and her family.


4 posted on 08/23/2011 2:04:04 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: libstripper

I know what you mean. My mother died of this disease in March of ‘09.


5 posted on 08/23/2011 2:07:41 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: libstripper

There are things worse than death. Contracting this disease is one of my fears.

Very sad, I hope this disease doesn’t progress and she lives a relatively contented life for how long she has left.


6 posted on 08/23/2011 2:14:03 PM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: libstripper

For those of us who are part of the Vol-nation, this is devastating. It is a shame, as you mentioned, when so many of our good people get hit so hard by tragedy. She is a fighter, but she still needs our prayers.


7 posted on 08/23/2011 2:15:07 PM PDT by chilepup
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To: libstripper
She is all class.

I'm sorry to hear this.

8 posted on 08/23/2011 2:15:45 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: libstripper
She is all class.

I'm sorry to hear this.

9 posted on 08/23/2011 2:15:59 PM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: Jean2

My mother July, ‘10.


10 posted on 08/23/2011 2:16:29 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: libstripper

Prayers up for her and family.


11 posted on 08/23/2011 2:19:00 PM PDT by PDGearhead (Obama's lack of citizenship)
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To: libstripper

Just Damn libstripper,
She is one class act and besides John Wooden, about the best basket ball coach ever.


12 posted on 08/23/2011 2:24:17 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) He's obviously just not quite up to the job.)
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To: Jean2

My father got the late onset version a little after he turned 85 and died at 93 1/2 of congestive heart failure. The Alzheimer’s destroyed his relationship with my mother, who lived to 88. Pat and her family are going to go through pure Hell.


13 posted on 08/23/2011 2:27:54 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: lonestar

My stepdad about 27 years ago. My mother-in-law now has Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home. She doesn’t know anyone and doesn’t speak much now. So very sad. I feel for her family and friends. So horrible to see a loved one go downhill, but especially sad that they don’t know family members any longer.


14 posted on 08/23/2011 2:29:12 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: libstripper

This is hard to fathom. Its gonna take a while to process. Pat Summitt has been such a consistent and strong point of pride for the whole state of Tennessee. An unbelievably great coach, and an inspiration to everyone. We get attached to our coaches around here. But will not hesitate to extricate them from our midst if they don’t get some good seasons. Mrs. Summitt has delivered. And delivered with gusto. And has been a class act and a great role model along the way.

I won’t pretend to speak for everyone or anyone in Tennessee, but I think I can safely say that the whole state be a bit stunned and defintely saddened.

G-d bless you Pat Summitt.


15 posted on 08/23/2011 2:32:53 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: lonestar

I am sorry about your father. My mother’s wasn’t actually early onset. She started showing signs in ‘08 when she was 75.


16 posted on 08/23/2011 2:36:42 PM PDT by Jean2
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To: libstripper

My mother also suffered from late on-set dementia. She and my father were always somewhat hot spoken with each other but their love lasted through the troubles of the dementia and his stroke that made him bed ridden his last year.

She went first and six months later he followed. His last day was Valentine’s day a few years ago. His stroke had left him very little ability to speak. On that morning he was showing his nearness to the end and his discomfort. His favorite nurse asked him what was wrong and what he needed. He struggled out the words, ‘my wife” which was the last understandable words of his last day.

Their last years, of their 90 years, were very tough ending with that final year of nursing home confinement for them both. But they sure taught me how to live by their firm example. I know they were blessed with path that your folks didn’t get from these afflictions and my heart goes out to you.

I hope the Summeralls are blessed, and indeed, they may be.


17 posted on 08/23/2011 2:40:51 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: KC Burke

Summerall, of course is the sportcaster and I meant Summit


18 posted on 08/23/2011 2:42:07 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: libstripper
Very sad news. She has been such a success and a class act too.
19 posted on 08/23/2011 2:45:21 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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My Mother developed dementia but we kept her at home, until she was just walking to the kitchen and both of her legs broke in half. The Doctor said that she couldn't go home so we had to put her in a nursing home. Either my sister or I went to see her every day and my brother once a week. but she got worse every day. Somedays she knew us some she didn't but they found out she had pancreatic cancer and she was gone two days later. I thank GOD that she didn't suffer.
20 posted on 08/23/2011 2:45:28 PM PDT by Downsouth55
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To: libstripper
My ex sister in law started forgetting how to get home when she was in her early 50’s. Now at 65 I don't even want to describe what she has become. I hope a treatment for this disease is found.
21 posted on 08/23/2011 2:47:25 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: libstripper

How sad. As a long term care specialist I’m often in the unenviable position of having to explain to folks that they are uninsurable due to {fill in the blank}.

If there are any freepers out there reading this article, who are considering LTC insurance let me know and I’ll try to put you in touch with a specialist in your area!


22 posted on 08/23/2011 3:00:36 PM PDT by proudpapa (Palin-West - 2012)
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To: libstripper

This is terrible news. I hate it for Coach Summitt and her family. I also hate it for U.T. and women’s basketball in general. She’s the best.

This Tennessee fan will remember her in prayer.


23 posted on 08/23/2011 3:02:26 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Jean2
It was my mother. Her's started at about age of 76 ...she lived to be 94. She was in the hospital with broken hip on 85th BD and didn't know where she was. She was bedridden last 5 yrs but we kept her at home. She was going down hill and one afternoon just died...very peacefully.

When we brought her home from hosp with the broken hip the PT came to our house. One day we each held onto one side and walked her outside...between us. We put her back in her hosp bed and the PT left. I got on the computer and about 15 mins later I heard, "I'm ready to go home now." I looked up and my mother was standing in the doorway...had climbed out of the bed with the sides up! How she did it without breaking something I don't know...but it was funny. She did and said a lot of funny things.

24 posted on 08/23/2011 3:41:51 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: libstripper

One of my favorite coaches. Terrible news. May God bless her and may she find comfort in Him.


25 posted on 08/23/2011 3:43:54 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Jean2

My grandmother died of this, July ‘09. Prayers to all who struggle and their family members who are doing the best they can.


26 posted on 08/23/2011 3:46:08 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: barstoolblues

Nicely put. I’ve been a fan of hers since I was a child.


27 posted on 08/23/2011 3:47:19 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: KC Burke

Just D@MN!

Your post has made me cry and I don’t EVER cry!

I am very, very sorry for your loss! 8(


28 posted on 08/23/2011 3:58:43 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: libstripper

Alzheimers may be the cruelest disease out there. Early onset even worse. Hard to imagine anyone that young, tho a friend’s mother was in a home for years before her 69th birthday, suffering this vile disease.

God bless and care for Ms. Summitt and her family through what will be one debilitating time ahead for all of them. They surely have my prayers.


29 posted on 08/23/2011 4:43:19 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: libstripper

My mother in law has advanced dementia and it is worse than anyone can imagine. She has no idea where she is or what she is doing. She is just existing. There is no cure. If you do not die of some other disease first it eventually will kill you.


30 posted on 08/23/2011 4:44:06 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: freejohn

It has been three years and the loss was at the end of a very full life for them both. It was tough as they went through the last few years.

Putting the loss felt at death aside, they lived 90 years, were married for 63 years after being engaged for four during WWII. They lived independently until just six months prior to my dad’s stroke and in their own home that they had for the prior 45 years. The visited friends, played cards with buddies, and had best freinds that were their age who they had known since childhood.

I learned that death, even difficult, was part of our life. My dad after his massive stroke could do a few things. He could watch TV our the bird feeders from bed and read his newspaper when placed in a wheel chair. He reached for the paper with his one mobile arm and feel out of his chair and busted his face on the tile floor. He went to the emergency room and got stiched up. About four weeks later he did it again. The nursing supervisor asked him what he was trying to say as they loaded him on a gurney. He stuggled out a few words one at a time: Got. To. Get. Softer. Floors.

My Lord I pray to live that well.


31 posted on 08/23/2011 5:25:44 PM PDT by KC Burke
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To: libstripper

Prayers up for Pat and her family.


32 posted on 08/24/2011 4:48:37 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: libstripper

My mother in law passed away at 95 in late may and would have been thunderstruk by this announcement.

At about 80 or so she became a rabid Lady Vols fan and a serious Pat Summit fan. On game day, she dressed from socks to hat in her orange and white lady vols regalia. To have her hero struck down would have been a serious blow.

She asked to be buried in her orange and white and pale blue


33 posted on 08/24/2011 5:00:04 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: barstoolblues

Although a Tennessean, I’m not a basketball fan, and am still horrified by this announcement and the frightful tragedy that’s befallen Pat and her family.


34 posted on 08/24/2011 5:23:22 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

This Gator gives his condolences to Coach Summitt’s family, friends and to all of Vol Nation.


35 posted on 08/24/2011 5:53:23 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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