Vicky was diagnosed with early onset in the spring of 2011. The same month as Pat Summit. She was Vicky’s hero. Vicky was/is a Speech/Language Psychologist. One of the best in her field. In addition, she is proficient in Sign Language and taught the deaf population. She was employed by the Simsbury School System, specifically Squadron Line School, for just under 30 years. They were fortunate to have her, because she is terrific.
I had received a telephone call from one of her closest friends at school asking that I meet with she and two other colleagues at a local Starbucks. They proceeded to tell me that she was not completing her reports properly (unheard of), missing student and appeared confused when using her computer software. Long story short, Vicky, me and our daughter Kelly met with Vicky’s Union Rep and various school officials. They suggested we meet with a doctor who would analyze what was going on. In fact, we met with two. Then we went to the Institute of Living where she was eventually diagnosed with Early Onset. Dr. Blank is now her doctor at TIOL. Vicky stopped driving and retired from her position. Dr. Blank got us enrolled in a trial in New Haven. We went through the trial for 3 years. It ended 3 months ago.
Vicky is a contagiously upbeat person. She is always laughing. Nothing phases her except not being able to express herself properly. She has a difficulty staying on topic. She has a huge number of friends who offer continuos support. They all love her. We are very social and are rarely at home. She loves being with her buds.
We have signed up at Hebrew Healthcare in West Hartford which offers a Day Care Program. Oddly enough, her ability to Sign has not been affected. Vicky is able to be of assistance with some of the others in the program
Our daughter Kim and her family has moved in with us (husband and 2 children). They are able to help us and we can let them save for the future.
This is life with the Williams. We are hanging in there, keeping things as light as possible. I just thank God for Vicky’s outlook. It helps all of us.