Research Event in Sheffield.

Ages ago I was contacted by Vicky Murray – a dementia research Sister from Sheffield Northern General Hospital. She asked if I would talk with her about Join Dementia Research at a conference being held at the hospital. So although she asked me ages ago;, the day finally arrived last Tuesday.

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The journey there was interesting……….The venue had changed slightly but Vicky had given me instruction on where to tell the taxi man to drop me off………..however, that was assuming the taxi man had heard of the building…….needless to say he hadn’t and he dropped me off miles away on a building site that is the new wing of the hospital….
Luckily I found a nice receptionist who knew where I needed to be and who gave me a map….anyway, I eventually found the right building, after a few detours up and down corridors.
I arrived just in time for lunch – bonus!!
Vicky met me and we discussed our plan of action for our 15 minute slot. Apparently she’d heard me talk somewhere but I didn’t remember, neither did I remember meeting other people who also came up to me and said they’d heard me talk….thank goodness I’ve got a good excuse.

The session was in a lecture theatre and there was about 60 people – a real mixed bag of an audience with Trustees of the hospital, public, research nurses amongst those that I saw.

Can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of Vicky!

Vicky started off by talking about the Join Dementia Research database and then she handed over to me to talk about my passion for research, reasons why and promoting patient participation. I think it went well.

Afterwards Vicky took me to the Clinical Research department to wait for my taxi. Here is a hospital that has a brilliant research department – the public are aware of it’s existence as it stands amongst ordinary patient areas.

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There were posters everywhere promoting research. This visibility makes research ‘normal’ – the public are used to seeing it so it isn’t anything to fear. Well done Sheffield – an example of a good post code to live in.

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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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