Tristan Hancock is 15 years old and lives in Anacoco, LA. Four years ago, his father was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Parkinson’s disease. As his caregivers, the family has to help him with such basic functions as getting to the bathroom or tying his shoes. The more Tristan learned about LBD and Parkinson’s symptoms, the more scared he became about what his father and his family were facing.
Tristan’s mother turned to the Lewy Body Dementia Association’s online forum and web site www.lbda.org for the most accurate information on LBD and also told Tristan about LBDStories.com, a web site created by LBDA to provide a place for LBD families to share their stories and pictures. Tristan shared his family’s story on the web site and felt comforted knowing that other families are dealing with the same issues.
Despite the challenges he and his family are facing, he encourages others to stay strong:
“If your loved one or someone you know has LBD or Parkinson’s, be prepared for what lies ahead. It’s not an easy trip. I was to the point to where I was losing faith fast, but I still pray and hope for the best.”
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Lewy Body Dementia Association
912 Killian Hill Road, SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
LBDA is the only organization in the U.S. that provides comprehensive information, education, and support for people and families affected by Lewy body dementia.
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