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Holly Braithwaite is a british woman a 34-year-old woman who thought she had postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter; however, after a series of tests, she was diagnosed with a rare type of dementia.
depending on the medium Yorkshire LiveHolly is one of the youngest people in the UK to suffer frontotemporal dementia. She began to notice symptoms for the first time in 2019 and believed that her discomfort was related to the birth of her daughter Alba or to a thyroid problem.
After the hard diagnosis, sophie poulton33 years old, and Kayleigh Spooner34, friends of the woman, decided to support her and take care of her during the difficult stage she has had to live.
Sophie recounted that “it took Holly a while to get a proper diagnosis. After several different tests and scans, she was confirmed to have frontotemporal dementia.”
“We were so shocked when we heard that it was a form of dementia. Holly is so smart that even now she knows dates, birthdays, what we used to do at night when we were young.”, he added.
Holly’s friend also said that “that’s the amazing thing about frontotemporal dementia and some of these rare forms of dementia. It’s not about memory loss and it can happen to younger people.”
Both Sophie and Kayleigh recently completed a charity walk involving more than 80 people. In total, they raised 7 thousand euros for the NGO Rare Dementia Support.
The event was funded by The National Brain Appeal and also helped Holly and her family financially.
What is frontotemporal dementia
Frontotemporal dementia is an umbrella term for a group of brain disorders that primarily affect the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. These areas of the brain are generally associated with personality, behavior and language, says the mayoclinic.org portal.
In frontotemporal dementia, parts of these lobes shrink (atrophy). Signs and symptoms vary, depending on which part of the brain is affected.
Some people with frontotemporal dementia have dramatic changes in their personality and become socially inappropriate, impulsive, or emotionally indifferent, while others lose the ability to use language appropriately.
How long does a person with frontotemporal dementia live?
according to website infotiti.comlife expectancy in frontotemporal dementia It also varies depending on the type of dementiaalthough on average it is suggested that patients live between 6 and 8 years after diagnosis, some reaching 15 years.
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