Her family describe her as a “blonde bombshell” who “lit up a room”, but 32-year-old Becky Barletta has been left battling a rare case of dementia after being one of the youngest cases to be diagnosed.
The ski instructor from Suffolk in the UK now requires 24-hour care, with her devastated family revealing her personality has completely changed since her diagnosis last August.
Becky was diagnosed with Fronto Temporal Lobe Dementia, a hereditary condition that tragically claimed the life of her uncle James, and her mother’s cousin, Philipa.
“There is currently no cure or treatment for any dementia or even treatment to stop or slow its progression,” Becky’s sister Sophie writes on fundraising page Just Giving.
“We need to change this as soon as possible and can only do this through research and raising money to support this research. Whilst unfortunately this will not help Becky, we know she would want us to try and halt this vile disease in it's tracks.”
Making Becky’s diagnosis even more devastating is the fact she tied the knot with her fellow ski instructor husband Luca in October 2015, just 10 months before her diagnosis .
With Becky’s case the youngest her specialist has ever seen, Sophie reveals how rapid her decline has been.
“There is not much of our old Becky left. She repeats the same stories to us and says inappropriate things,” mum-of-two Sophie told the Cambridge News.
"I find it hard when we go out, she is off down the street asking people if they can make a funny noise and that sort of thing.
"It is not because I am embarrassed, but because I find it so sad to watch.”
Becky’s symptoms first began in the lead up to her wedding, when family became worried about her obsessive running, and colleagues noticed “inappropriate behaviour with clients”.
Concerned Sophie finally got her sister to have brain scans and written tests – which led to her tragic diagnosis, with specialists saying Becky is unlikely to live beyond the next 10 years.
Now Sophie is determined to hold a fundraising walk to help raise awareness and money for those affected by dementia.
“If you can't join us please donate any money you can,” Sophie writes on her Just Giving page.
“Around 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that's the equivalent to one person every three minutes.”