Nearly five million Americans struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Restauranteur, author, and former model B. Smith reveals to CBS Sunday Morning that she’s one of them.
The 64-year-old entrepreneur sat down with medical correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook to discuss her diagnosis. She says she went to her doctor four years ago to discuss symptoms of forgetfulness and repetition of questions. Smith spoke with a doctor before she even talked to her husband, Dan Gasby.
“You do try to hide it from everybody,” she tells Lapook.
Eventually, she saw of team of experts at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Last October, a brain scan showed a large amount of amyloid, a protein found in Alzheimer’s patients.
“It’s everywhere,” her doctor says.
Today, Smith doesn’t know the date, month, or year. Still she maintains her ever-present, positive outlook.
I think the future’s going to be fine,” she says. “I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me and for as many people that I can possibly help, too.”
Watch the clip below and see the full interview on CBS Sunday Morning on June 15.