Jacquie was diagnosed with Pick’s disease in 2007 – at the age of 50.
Pick’s disease is a rare type of early onset dementia. The disease, most commonly diagnosed in people between the ages of 45-60, rapidly shrinks part of your brain, affecting your speech, sight, behaviour and mental capacity. Its sufferers rarely live for more than 10 years after diagnosis.
Now eight years since her diagnosis, Jacquie can’t move, open her eyes or talk.
In a desperate attempt to raise awareness, Jacquie’s son Jake posted photos of his mother online.
In a Reddit post, Jake, 31, explains his mum was originally misdiagnosed as having menopause at the age of 48.
In the years since she was diagnosed Jake has watched his mum’s life deteriorate.
He posted images of Jacquie at the beach in 2010, a few years after he diagnosis — she is smiling and laughing, but Jake notes she can’t remember much.
He continues to track her journey and the seeming loss of joy in everything.
“Music doesn’t matter much to her anymore, but in the earlier stages we would play music she liked. We’d also dance with her to keep her smiling and happy. Dad usually kept the music channel on all day for her to listen to, but there’s no reaction anymore,” Jake wrote on Reddit.