Hello and welcome to my blog. On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short-term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget.
I’m 60 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I continued to work full time in the NHS until the end of March 2015, when I chose to take early retirement to enable me to enjoy being me while I’m able. I have never ‘tweeted’, ‘blogged’ or ‘facebooked’ in my life but since I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, everything else in my life has changed, so why not this. I hope you find my ramblings of interest.
I started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. Luckily the part of my brain that allows me to type hasn’t broken and I find that easier than talking. I have calendars that take care of the future but this blog serve as a reminder of what I’ve done and said in the past – it now serves as my memory. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of understanding and research into Alzheimer’s. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we’ve been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we still have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day-to-day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. Living well with dementia is all about adapting. Adapting to new ways to enable us to live better for longer with dementia.
What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.
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