Invitation to meet Dr Shibley and Kate Swaffer – Part 1

You know how some days you’re left with a warm glow inside knowing that you’ve had a fabulous day, well last Saturday was one such day.

Dr Shibley had contacted me some time ago to see if I’d like to attend the launch of his book and hear Kate Swaffer talk about her up and coming release – obviously I had to consider this for all of a nano second before accepting.

It didn’t start off well. I got to the station to find loads of people milling around – never a good sign. When I looked at the board, my train had been cancelled…..😱. When I looked at the next train that had also been cancelled….😱😱……
Went to the stressed man at the info centre to be told that there’d been a breakdown near Edinburgh and all Virgin trains had either been cancelled or were expecting several hours delay …😱😱😱. Needed to go sit down with a cuppa and stop my brain rattling with confusion..
Sooooo, went back to man and said:

Me – ‘If I went to Leeds would they also be delayed?”

Train man – “no, they’re fine” 🚂

Me – ‘Ooooo, when’s the next train to Leeds?’

Train man – ‘It’s delayed’

Me – ‘Ok so what about Grand Central trains?’ 🚂

Train man – ‘Oh yes, they’re running’ –

Me – ‘When’s the next one? ‘

Train man – ‘10.12……but it’s delayed, could be by up to an hour’ 😡

Talk about getting blood out of a stone….Bless him, I realise he was stressed but straightforward info would really have been useful.

Anyway, I decided to sit and have my cuppa and watch the world go by as I really didn’t want to miss meeting Kate Swaffer and Shibley. I wrote a bit of my blog from the day before and by the time I’d done all that it was announced that a Grand Central train would be arriving shortly – very full. So I jockeyed for position with the 200 + other passengers knowing full well that seats would be in short supply if there were any. They’d said we could use our Virgin tickets thank goodness. The train pulled up and a load of sardines fell out – it was York races so it was packed to overcrowding to York…
Amazingly, and I’m not sure how it happened, but I was first on the train –ha! Result! I’d also randomly chosen a carriage where the seats weren’t reserved and got my favourite seat by the window. The other 199 passengers got on behind me and they closed the sardine can with not even any standing room available – someone must have been looking down on me that day.


Well it’s taken me so long to tell you about the journey that you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear all about my meeting Dr Shibley and Kate Swaffer! Here’s a look at their new books…

by Dr Shibley
by Dr Shibley
Kate's book is due out later this year - great title!
Kate’s book is due out later this year – great title!




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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