But because of Miller’s relatively young age at 54 (most Alzheimer’s patients first experience symptoms after 60), her family and doctors are hopeful they caught it early enough to effectively stabilize or weaken her symptoms. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s.
“If I can at least stay on a level plain like I am right now, I’d call that a success,” Miller said.
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Frank Miller finds it quite a coincidence that his wife helped countless people over the years as a nurse, and now the tides have turned.
“She helped so many patients,” he said. “And years ago, she and her mother would bake 400 dozen cookies for people for Christmas. Now she’s relying on the help of others and her doctors.
“We do realize this is a study. Nothing’s guaranteed. But we feel we’re helping them out just as much as they’re helping Nanette.”
RNI doctors will monitor Miller for five years as part of the study. They also plan to conduct the trial on additional patients.
“Given the fact that we’re able to treat larger parts of the brain gives us better opportunities to see improvements in symptoms of Alzheimer’s," Rezai said. "I would say if you’re stable, you’re good. If you improve, that’s fantastic.”
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