A very private me in a very public arena

I haven’t travelled much outside the UK – never been much of a traveller abroad. Which makes it all the more bizarre that my words have travelled all over the world.

Friends would crowbar me out of my happy house, that’s how immensely private I am. So if the media stuff disappears tomorrow, I’d be happy at that door closing. I’m happy writing my blog for me and my family and friends and if others choose to read it, then that’s a bonus – I’m more than happy to let them in.

My blog has taken the place of my memory. You’ll have to forgive me if I repeat myself but new people read my blog all the time so at least it’s the first time for them –ha!
If it helps raise awareness and helps others, that’s a bonus. Someone asked me how many ‘followers’ I have. I told them but I also said that that’s not the point of it. I do it to help me and my family first most. I allow others into my world as I think ‘why not’. I socialise more through my writing than I’ve ever done in my life before so maybe I’ve just found my comfort zone.

Through social media and blogs we can now tell the world our thoughts should they choose to read what we say. This was unheard of 20 years ago, but how amazingly close this makes the world feel. The fact that my blog has been read in 46 countries seems unreal – from Brazil to Hong Kong, Virgin Isles to Israel, America to Italy; the world feels a much cosier place for writing my blog. We can learn so much from each other and it’s a great learning tool.
Who knows what tools we’ll be using in 20 years time.
We could all do without seeing me on the media but if that makes me more real and has a bigger impact on awareness, then I’ll continue to put myself through that.
Thank you to all those who have taken the time to read my words.



About wendy7713

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 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of 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 sill 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. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

4 thoughts on “A very private me in a very public arena

  1. It’s a terrific blog Wendy. If you hadn’t chosen a career in the NHS you could have been a writer….and now you are a writer.


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