by Donna Jones
"WATSONVILLE >> Though they had been married for nearly seven years, Joe and Wanda Proost still thought of themselves as newlyweds when he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease and given two years to live.
As it turned out Joe Proost lived four more years. For Wanda, becoming a full-time caregiver meant giving up the life she had known and learning to live with Joe in a perpetual present. It was a strategy that enabled the Watsonville couple make the most of the time they had left.
Joe Proost died five years ago Friday at age 62. Proost has published a book about her experience in hopes of helping other families dealing with serious illness. "White Knight: Living with Alzheimer's Moment by Moment," is available at Crossroads Books in Watsonville and on Amazon.com."
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