John was born in Texas in 1945. His parents were both school teachers and his father died when he was in high school, his mother when he was in college. He spent three years in the army before going back to school for a PhD in history. He and Pam married in 1986 and had two children. He worked hard to accomplish what was important to him in life and resisted accepting that he had Attention Deficit Disorder until both kids were diagnosed with it.
For a year they explained away the slowness of Parkinson's and the cognitive changes of Lewy Body Dementia as just his ADD. He taught at a community college until he was diagnosed with Parkinson's in March 2008 and decided to retire on disability at the end of the semester. He was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in April 2008.
Pam was born in Boston in 1955. She went straight from college to graduate school to a teaching job and she has worked ever since as a university professor. She started out with a very rational approach to the world but has learned to trust her intuition and creativity. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2003 and turned herself into an athlete, doing triathlons.
She and John's two kids were born in 1990 and 1993.
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