Hi, having recently started to come to terms with the fact that my mum has AD, myself and my family have also found out that she has coronary heart disease that needs surgery sooner rather than later. it feels very much like not only is she living with one death sentance but two! at the moment her AD is relatively mild it seems to have stolen some of her inhibitions which has meant that my mum who was previously a shy and sometimes stiff person has become much more fun to be with if that makes sense, however on the downside she is unable to read or write and is very aware of this fact, especially when i had to write dads birthday card for her and she could only manage to write the first letter of her name. i also feel helpless to support my dad who is trying so hard to cope with looking after my mum whilst maintaining her dignity and independance. my mum is so brave and strong it humbles me.