I just read via Associated Press that one of our family's favorite authors has Alzheimers. I'm stunned. Here is a bit of the article. The complete article can be found at http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jn-hZq9tP7kjMe8YmykU7ovv39NQD8TG495G0Author Terry Pratchett Has Alzheimer's
By RAPHAEL G. SATTER – 3 hours ago
LONDON (AP) — Best-selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, he said in a message posted to his illustrator's Web site.
In a brief note to fans entitled "An Embuggerance," Pratchett, 59, said he was taking the news "fairly philosophically" and "possibly with a mild optimism."
"I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news," he wrote on the Web site of Paul Kidby, who has illustrated many of his books.
Pratchett is best known for his Discworld series, which explores the residents of very flat, very weird and almost invariably hilarious planet dominated by the sprawling, chaotic city of Ankh-Morpork. Pratchett wrote his first Discworld novel, "The Color of Magic," in 1983, and 35 more books followed, many of which topped the best seller charts.