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“That rare and wonderful thing called hope:” A UNC alum’s Lewy body dementia diagnosis and the doctor who made all the difference

Lewy body dementia (LBD), which affects 1.4 million Americans, can present like Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. This can lead to clinical misdiagnoses, according to Dan Kaufer, MD, Chief of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at UNC School of Medicine and director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program.

The News & Observer recently highlighted Kaufer’s work as they told the story of John Snyder, a UNC-Chapel Hill alum, and a former district attorney and criminal defense attorney. John’s story was shared by his his widow, Pat Snyder.

“It took me a while to acclimate to the fact that we had actually found some solutions, because I was almost burned out at that point, desperate to find what in the world was going on with my husband, because the symptoms were just all over the map,” Pat Snyder told the News & Observer.

Click here to read the full story about John Snyder’s journey and how Dr. Kaufer gave them hope.