Best-selling Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett diagnosed with alzheimers

Best-selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, seen here in this March, 2004 file photo has been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, he said in a message posted to his illustrator's Web site. In a brief note to fans, Pratchett, 59, said he was taking the news "fairly philosophically" and "possibly with a mild optimism." "I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news," he wrote on the Web site of Paul Kidby, who has illustrated many of his books.

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