What next? Will I be bored?

I had my last few hours in the office yesterday. I retire officially next Tuesday but I’ve managed to hold onto a few days annual leave so could go early. I can at last start looking to the future when I’ll have time to do all the things I want to do without the restraints of having to fit in a full-time job! It was of course, sad to leave the team of people I work with, but the time was right for them and me.

The first thing I plan to do is go away for a few days and spend time chilling with Billy. I have a garden to sort – not my own, but Billy’s, – and a village to become acquainted with. I’m hoping to run some dementia friends sessions there while I’m Billy sitting.

After that April is already booked – I’m going to have a girlie couple of days with an old friend Sylvia (she’ll love me for calling her ‘old’ – not). I’m sure we’ll put the world to rights in no time at all.
Mark is coming next week to interview me for Join Dementia Research. The BBC programme put together by the talented Jim Reed is due to be aired on the 8th April and I’ve been asked to go down to the studios with Keith Oliver and the Chief exec, Jeremy Hughes, to take part in a discussion interview afterwards.

After that I have a Dementia Husting down in London, a trip to St James Palace for the annual Alzheimer’s ceremony with my daughter Gemma, a meeting at Sheffield University re monitoring – I’m part of the monitoring volunteering team for some research by Professor Pat Sykes and her team. I’m speaking at the Alzheimer’s society launch of a new employers guide in London and I’ve been asked to give a speech at the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network Celebration event in Leeds at the end of the month. So April is full………

Sooo, will I be bored and have time on my hands………mmmmm, let me think…………

Billy hunting out a quiet  hidey hole in case he needs to escape from the hustle and bustle.......
Billy hunting out a quiet hidey hole in case he needs to escape from the hustle and bustle…….

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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