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Recently, former model, turned designer and restauranteur B. Smith made a shocking revelation that she is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In the past weeks supporters and fans have expressed their feelings via social media and sharing their personal experiences with family members and loved ones who have been diagnosed with the disease. More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, yet African Americans are twice as likely to develop the memory robbing disease as caucasians.

“Smith, 64, became a fixture on style pages and in magazines in the mid-’80s, when she turned a successful modeling career with platinum agency Wilhlemina into a series of cookbooks, decorating books and, for a while, a magazine published by American Express. She also hosted a syndicated television show, B. Smith with Style. Smith began to be referred to as the Black Martha Stewart.”

Though the disease is incurable and her symptoms have progressed, B. Smith is doing her best to educate people about the disease and shares this with her fans,

“I think the future is going to be fine. I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me and for as many people as I can possibly help, too!”

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