Encounter with a Stranger


Today I met a stranger
While travelling on the train
We exchanged tales of laughter
No mention of my brain

They had no preconceptions
No judgement had they made
My dementia had lay dormant
It behaved itself today

I hope they saw the person
And not the disease in my brain
I hope they thought me ‘normal’
As we chatted on the train

Our paths might never cross again
About me, they have no knowledge
They took me at face value
Me, as a person, they acknowledged

No disease was mentioned
No hints of my decline
No sign of my dementia
Of that disease of mine

Did they see me struggle
With the words inside my head
Or clutching my suitcase
So as not to forget

Today this person opposite
No judgment did they make
No expectations crossed their mind
No assumptions did they make

For at the end of the journey
We went our separate ways
For during that brief encounter
I was just me once again

Would they have thought or reacted differently if they had known…………..we’ll never know.

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.

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