Author Archives: Kat Rooker

About Kat Rooker

I'm a 47 year old mom of three boys with a husband that is dying from a very rare brain disease called FTD (Frontotemporal dementia).

10 Blessings Even With FTD

It is easy to wallow in the negative emotions.  There are many.  It happens often.  But, in peeling back the layers, there are many blessings as well.  We’ve been on a journey of self-discovery.  One that has reshaped our family’s priorities.  One that has bonded us through grief.  Finding and embracing the blessings have pulled us through the firestorm of the first two years post-diagnosis. Continue reading

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Love – Another Anniversary

My understanding of love has changed in nineteen years.  It’s no longer the simple shared emotion of young people with a life full of promise, the wonder at starting a family.  Continue reading

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Circle of Life (the great unknown)

Sixteen years ago today, my beautiful first-born son came into the world.  He was an enormous 9 lbs 1 oz baby.  He never seemed fragile almost toddler like from the beginning.  At only a day old, he found a way … Continue reading

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Another Trip to Vandy

Yesterday was another trip to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.  It’s a two hour drive on a good day.  It’s two hours to reflect on the limited conversational abilities of my husband.  It’s two hours listening to comments about the passing … Continue reading

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5 Sec or 5 Min Answer?

I’m asked all the time about how my husband is doing.  He has a degenerative frontal lobe disease called FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia).  As suggested by someone on a FTD forum for spouses, my response will now be, “Would you like … Continue reading

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AFTD Conference – The Gift of Connections

Standing on the wooden platform of the Chicago “L,” I wondered if I were strong enough to face the AFTD Annual Conference. AFTD is the non-profit for Frontal Temporal Degenerative diseases.

Over 350 people from 32 states and multiple countries were in attendance at the conference.  One thread connected us all – FTD.  Continue reading

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Beach Trip – Got Your Back Kid

After three days in Delray Beach at my father’s house for spring break, our family finally made our way to the local public beach. It was a sunny but very windy day. My middle son, Matthew, noted the wooden sign … Continue reading

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