Aug 23 2011
12:52 pm

What: Pat Summitt has early-onset Alzheimer's
When: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 1:45pm


This is a gut kick. The strongest woman in the damn world

bizgrrl's picture

Oh, my. I have admired her so

Oh, my. I have admired her so much over the years. I hope she has many years before it gets worse. She is a model citizen. Best wishes!

Min's picture

This makes me sad, too.

I hope and trust that she can manage the disease like the champion she is.

Bbeanster's picture

Here's Pat's biographer, Sally Jenkins

Pam Strickland's picture

Glad to see the Post story

Glad to see the Post story linked here it is so comprehensive and much more complete. A very, very good story. Highly recommended.

bizgrrl's picture

Thanks, Betty. What an

Thanks, Betty. What an excellent article.

Tamara Shepherd's picture


Oh, my. I'll bet she's been prescribed Prednisone for her arthritis for a number of years, which can result in dementia.

My late mom took the drug for over 20 years (her dosage to control the effects of lupus) with the same result.

Mom's last couple of years were just agonizing for my sister and me, as some of you here who kindly allowed me to vent may recall.

God bless her and keep her.

knxscoop's picture

Coach Summitt

You got this right, Betty. I felt like I couldn't breathe when I first heard the news. What a blow, but we can be sure this will ramp up efforts for a cure, etc. I sincerely hope Summitt's tragedy can be turned into a "win" for better health care. If anyone can motivate the country to find a cure, prevention or even better home and residential care, Pat is the one. Unlike many, I wish she would retire from coaching basketball and spend the rest of her white-hot focus on moving the medical community forward.

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