Local radio and local support

I received a phone call last week from Radio York to respond to Katy Hopkins comments in the press about those with dementia. I’m not even going to give her space on my blog to repeat what she said but needless to say it was the routine ignorant statement looking for a reaction.

I’d had a text from the lovely Emily Abbott saying she’s given them my number but unfortunately I was away for a couple of days so didn’t have my phone in the usual place. So by the time I looked at my phone, as well as missing Emily’s text I also had a missed call from Radio York. Damian Murphy stepped in to help and spoke for all of us. However, they rang back again later to say there’s been such a reaction that they were running the story again and would I speak.
Sadly I was in the car so didn’t have a pen and paper to write notes but think I got over my opinion that she shouldn’t be given air space and was simply ignorant.
I then went on to acknowledge the support given to us by various charities but totally forgot to mention the wonderful support given by Emily and Damian. They run the monthly forum which I attend and organise Singing for Brains, the gardening ventures and all manner of work to support those of us living with dementia. I was gutted when I came off the phone and realised I’d forgotten to mention them so here I am with a grovelling apology to both and HUGE thanks for all they do.
More detail can be found at http://www.herenow.org.uk

Also a BIG thanks to friends Sylvia and David for a great couple of days xx

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.

One thought on “Local radio and local support

  1. Don’t let it get to you, you are striding ahead of all ignorant people, and as for forgetting to mention things ! those who “know” will understand !!

    keep up the good work, xVeronica


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