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Diagnosis

By Kath Fudurich
As much as I was looking forward to seeing documentary The Genius Of Marian, a large part of me was dreading it knowing that I was about to sit in a dark room and watch a story that was about what I live day to day. When I usually go to the movie theatre, it's to escape, relax and forget. [caption id="attachment_1954" align="aligncenter" width="300"]hot docs genius of marian The Genius of Marian played at Toronto's HotDocs[/caption] Not even five minutes in I felt relieved meeting the film subject, director Banker White's mother, Pam White, who lives with early-onset Alzheimer's. Full of love for her family, happiness in her home and passion to continue her life as independently as possible she reminded me a lot of my mom, also living with the disease. For me, this made the movie incredibly easy to watch as I felt understood and supported by the family on the screen.

There’s no question that Alzheimer’s disease is life changing, both for the individual with the disease and for his or her friends and family. On top of coping with the disease itself, individuals and families who are dealing with a diagnosis must also face the stigma and lack of public understanding around Alzheimer’s. This stigma can prevent people from seeking medical treatment when symptoms are present, which can prevent them from receiving an early diagnosis or any diagnosis at all. It can prevent them from planning for the future and benefiting from available treatments. And, it can prevent people from developing a support system and living their best possible life while they are still able to do so. We want to change this.