The Gene Guillotine: An Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Memoir   Buy Book   

About Kate

After graduating from St. Lawrence University, Kate Preskenis’s life took a drastic turn from pursuing social and environmental justice to mitigating the chaotic world of her mother’s genetically inherited Alzheimer’s disease, to ultimately grappling with her own genetic status.

Journaling since she could form sentences, Kate charted her emotions, relationships, and experiences. Imbedded in these diaries are her mother’s first Alzheimer’s symptoms of unexplained behavior and emotional oddities, continuing to her mother’s last breath. The early death of her parents combined with the innovative capability of gene testing led Kate to value and share this unique documented history.

Writing, working out, going to church, dancing, and connecting with cherished family and friends keeps her body strong, spirit light, and heart open.