By Robert Treat
I lost my dad, Kenneth Treat in 2009 after a diagnosis of Multiple System Atrophy, although since he died, I’ve often wondered if there wasn’t some Lewy body involvement.
My father was born on September 7, 1930. He was an Episcopal priest from 1955 to 1996. The circumstances of his passing were horrific. After returning from a vacation celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Dad started getting increasingly dizzy, and they thought he had benign positional vertigo.
In March 2009 they changed the diagnosis to Parkinson’s Disease, but he continued to suffer falls. They took him to a hospital where he got a Multiple System Atrophy diagnosis, and he was shuttled back and forth between the nursing home and the hospital until he went into septic shock. He died on May 3, 2009.
I’d like to share a few photos of my dad; one of him starting a job at St. Albans in 1974; of him with his grandson Bill in 1984, of him as a rector in clericals in the mid 1990s and; and a family photo taken for my parents’ 50th anniversary in September 2005.