Barbara Elaine Smith, better known as B. Smith opens up about her battle with Alzheimer’s on the Today Show. B.Smith is a former model and TV host. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2014.
B. Smith said:
“The first thing I think about is to try to create the best possible moments we can have,” Gasby said of the couple’s future. “If I had to do it all over again, I would’ve been happy for her to choose me as I would’ve been to choose her. I am fighting. I’m fighting right now. I will be fighting,” said Smith. Her husband added, “We’ll fight. There’s only one way: forward. That’s it.”
Smith is focused on raising awareness for the disease, especially for the African American community. Statistics show that African Americans are twice as likely as Caucasians to develop Alzheimer’s. She created a public service announcement with the Brain Health Registry to encourage people to sign on and signup for clinical trials searching for a cure.
Dr. Yvette Sheline, who is also director of the Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress (CNDS), which collaborates with the Registry stated “People register, give their demographic information—so we can see where they are—and then do as many tests and as many aspects as they want. There are many different kinds of cognitive testing. It’s mostly about people, who want to track the progress of their brain health over time.
When asked about how she is dealing with the daily battle with Alzheimer’s, Smith said she is doing well and has plenty of support from her loved ones. “I deal with it in a practical way,” she said. “I know that I’ve got a problem. Sometimes it makes me teary. But because I have great support with my husband and my family, you know, I’m doing fine. I’m doing really good.”