THE tearful husband of a woman who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when she was just 39 years old has revealed his anguish at watching his wife’s suffering.
Former Market Rasen secretary Michelle Boryszczuk, 42, is now in the final stages of the disease and is confined to a wheelchair, she cannot talk or feed herself and lives in a care home in Stainfield near Wragby.
For the past four years husband of 26 years, Steve, has been Michelle’s full time carer watching helplessly as the disease - which mainly affects elderly people – has taken away his “bubbly” wife.
For almost 10 years brave Michelle lived with the fact that one day she would develop the disease and that when she did there would not be a cure to make her better - doctors carried out tests to find out whether she had the Alzheimer’s gene after her father died of the disease when he was just 44.
Steve - who fears the couple’s two grown-up sons and one-year-old granddaughter might have inherited the disease - wants to raise money to help find a cure for the condition.
Steve, 46, from Snelland Road, Wickenby said: “Doctors don’t know a lot about how Alzheimer’s disease is affecting Michelle’s brain and at the moment there’s nothing that can be done to cure it.
“She hasn’t been able to talk for the last year, she can only say yes and no. And I have to help her feed herself.
“She’s always very tearful – she knows what you’re talking about but she can’t express herself. When I walk into the room her face lights up but she can’t remember who anyone is.
“We’ve been married for a long time, it’s very hard watching her like this. She used to be full of life and such a happy-go-lucky person. I go to see her every day at the nursing home and like to show her pictures of our wedding to help bring back memories.”
Steve has organised a 12-hour darts marathon in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society at the White Hart pub, Lissington on Saturday, November 19 from 11am to 11pm.
There will also be a raffle and auction featuring a signed Lincoln City shirt and football and signed breeches from flat jockeys at Doncaster and jump jockeys at Market Rasen.
About 50 people are expected to turn up, including a team from Tesco in Market Rasen. Everyone is welcome to take part or you can make a donation at Market Rasen Tesco.