A while back I posted about the internal debate I have in my head lots of times about whether to share with people that I have Alzheimer's. It isn't something that usually comes up in conversation obviously. Many times I fear saying something because I am afraid that people will treat me differently -- which if you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that is usually the case. So, more times than not, I don't say anything.
About five months ago I started playing Pickleball a few times a week. At times, the noise got to be a little too much, so I resorted to putting my earplugs in. Then the distraction from other people when they were not playing bothered me, so I realized that if I stay on a certain side of the court I do better -- one without as many distractions. Is this fair? I don't know if it is or not, but because of these things I have told a few people about my disease, partly in hopes they would then realize I was not trying to cheat by being on a certain side of the net. I have been so pleased with the people that I play with -- they only don't treat me any differently, but now watch out for me on the court and never ask me to play on the other side of the net. I love these people -- I feel like I am really "normal" around them!