Legendary founder of B. Smith Restaurants reveals she has Alzheimers14
By Dr. Sinclair Grey III
Barbara Smith, better known as B. Smith, entrepreneur and legendary model has come out publicly to say that she’s fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Smith, 64 who was one of the first black faces on the cover of ‘Mademoiselle’ will discuss her fight with Alzheimer’s disease on CBS Sunday Morning.
According to reports, “The willowy former model is battling the progressive condition that affects the brain and brings on gradual dementia that can become severe.”
Alzheimer’s affects over 5 million Americans. No one really understands how to prevent this disease from happening. While research continues to be done, there’s still so many questions.
Smith opened her popular restaurant in New York in 1986. The success of that restaurant along with her experience and charisma allowed her to open up other restaurants after that. Alzheimer’s disease was never something she thought could happen to her.
Four years ago, Smith went visit her doctor after noticing that she kept repeating things over and over again. These were symptoms that left her concerned. After a series of tests, she was told the crushing news that she had Alzheimer’s disease. As you can imagine, Smith and her husband were devastated. They sought out a team of experts at Mount Sinai in Manhattan and were told ‘cerebral scans showed a significant buildup of amyloid proteins — a substance often found in the brain tangles believed to cause Alzheimer’s. A doctor at Mount Sinai told CBS that Smith’s brain scans showed a ‘shrinkage’ in affected areas and was replete with amyloid proteins.’
Smith didn’t tell anyone for a while, but she is coming out and showing tremendous bravery in confessing what she has. She’s optimistic that her coming out will help others in fighting this disease.
Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning to watch the interview. Let’s keep Smith and her family in our prayers.
Source: NY Daily News
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, writer, activist, published author of (5) books, life coach, and liberator of persons from all intellectual, social and cultural walks of life. He is a committed advocate for change. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @drsinclairgrey. Visit his website: www.sinclairgrey.org.