Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth was born on 17 October, 1918 and died on 14 May, 1987. Margarita Carmen Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Spanish flamenco dancer Eduardo Cansino (Sr.) and English/Irish-American Ziegfeld girl Volga Hayworth. After about 1960, Rita suffered from extremely early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, which was not diagnosed until 1980. Rita continued to act in films until the early 1970s and made a well-publicised 1971 appearance on The Carol Burnett Show. Both of her brothers died within a week of each other in March 1974, saddening her greatly, and causing her to drink even more heavily than before. Rita Hayworth public diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in 1980 was a big step in destigmatizing the degenerative disease.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Jay Bradford Fowler

Jay Bradford Fowler was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 7 July, 1951. In 1987, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English at George Mason University where he was editor of Phoebe-The George Mason Review. He was born with spina bifida a congenital disease in which the spinal column does not close properly. Instead, part of the spinal cord protrudes, which can result in fluid on the brain or other neurological disorders. Fowler has paralysis below the waist. He could walk as a youngster, but he underwent eight operations by the time he was in high school. Fowler was also treated for degenerative arthritis throughout the 1990s.

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