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Hi Folks,I am back fighting the blood pressure battle again.  I thought I had it all under control but now find that it is way too high during the day and especially after exercise.  My GP is not the…Continue

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A Life Change

Firstly I want to say how great I feel having found some fellow survivors of this life changing condition.

Here is my story. 

I am an artist 59 years old living in Spain with my partner Jean I´ve been with for 33 years. We have an enormous garden and I was not frightened of doing jobs on the roof, so not a wimp. We had visitors, my step son Andy, his wife and baby and it was 14th May 2010.  I cooked the breakfast for us as normal and went to my room to change and suddenly felt…


Posted on July 9, 2011 at 14:21 — 12 Comments

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At 16:16 on August 15, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…

Almost 6yrs later and my scar still itches from time to time. The bra thing has gotten easier but still really hurts after a long day.  But it really is a good excuse to not wear a bra around the house any more




At 12:54 on July 13, 2011, Kev A said…

Hola Jules


My dreams and such have normalised as life has normalised really but especially since all the drugs have stopped.  I still get the odd problem remembering if I'd dreamed something or if it really happened. 

Take it easy



At 14:58 on July 11, 2011, Graeme said…


no problems.. yes you certainly are not alone! cheers Graeme

At 19:18 on July 9, 2011, Kimberlee Jones said…

Hi Julia, Welcome! Glad to have you with us.




At 13:31 on July 9, 2011, Graeme said…

Hi Julia,


See you made it to the sign on for the site! Great to have you here.. yes like all of us you are a miracle.. as way way too many people are dying from this through misdiagnosis or inept  medical procedures...  seems like your Spanish doctors were righ on the ball however.. and indeed saved your life...  and don't be afraid to reach out to any of us here.. we are all here to help you and one another.. and yes.. we are NOT the same people we were pre AD.. however you do learn to live with it over time... take care and hope to see you online soon! :-)




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At 12:51 on July 9, 2011, Richard Deal said…

hi julia,

maybe look up tim manning, who is also an ex-pat in spain - who knows, you might be near eachother...

take care,


At 8:51 on July 9, 2011, Richard Deal said…

hey julia,

welcome to the group! if you want other members to get to know you better, post your story in a blog... there are some interesting ongoing discussions in the forums that might interest you too - don't be shy, we are all here to help one another!

good to have you here,

take care,




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