My old high school teammate, Ryan Freel, was the first Major League Baseball player to be diagnosed with CTE. Not long after he retired from the game, he adjusted poorly to life after baseball and took his own life just days prior to Christmas in 2012. My father, who just turned 74 has what I would hypothesize as being CTE, although not in the traditional sense. He suffered a TBI in November and now has severe dementia. At lunch today, after receiving a Lowe’s Gift Card, he attempted to pay for our food with it. He already had vascular dementia and was suicidal not too long after suffering a second mini stroke. I know “chronic” is typically defined as habitual, but it can also be defined as severe, or serious, so I may or may not be properly diagnosing his condition.
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