Thursday, 11 October 2018 17:23

Raising awareness about Alzheimers Featured

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ORRINGTON - More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease.

In Maine alone, there are more than 28,000 people living with the disease, that's according to the Alzheimer's Association.


One woman who lost her mother to the devastating disease has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's herself and will be sharing her story for the first time at the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Bangor next Saturday.


Linda Storer-Mitchell has been the owner of Vintage Finery Fashion, Costumes and Bridal in Orrington for 34 years.


She has a dream of opening up Maine's only antique fashion museum sooner rather than later. Linda was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago after losing her mother to the disease in 2015.


"I was in a double-blind study for Alzheimer's research for Acadia hospital, and I had a pet scan and an MRI scan of my brain and that clinched it for sure," said Storer-Mitchell.


Linda said she was devastated after seeing what her mother went through, "I just knew what was ahead for me really," Storer-Mitchell said.


She will soon be entering her third double-blind study at Acadia hospital. Although it's hard, she said perhaps she could help the Alzheimer's Association find a cure. "Hopefully they'll help me out someday, or the first survivor," she said.


Linda will be sharing her story at this year's annual Walk to End Alzheimers.


"I just kept I don't know I could feel something wrong," said Storer-Mitchell.


Katie Luce who is the community events manager for the Alzheimer's Association thinks they are close to finding a cure thanks to the walks.


"The money that we fund raise through walks helps to support those grants and keep research going," said Luce.


Linda said for anyone who is currently diagnosed with the disease or knows someone with it to just be around family and be sure to get tested, "and just keep on keeping on," Storer-Mitchell said.


The Walk to End Alzheimer's is Saturday, October 20th at the Bangor waterfront. To register click here.

Shonna Narine

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Shonna Narine joined the ABC7 and FOX22 team in August 2017. Originally from Long Island (although she hides her accent for TV) she's excited to see what Maine has to offer.

She graduated from Five Towns College in D...