A while ago I was contacted by our local radio station – Beverley FM – to see if I would record a program for their Sunday evening slot entitled ‘Beverley People Beverley Lives’. It’s a bit like a local version of Desert Island Discs as you’re asked to choose your favourite 6 songs…….Have you ever tried to pick out 6 songs😳, It’s very difficult. I kept thinking of 6 different ones every time someone put different artists in my head. In the end I went with my first 6 for no other reason than it was easier😁
So on Monday afternoon, the presenter John Fewings arrived at my house and recorded the interview lasting about an hour. We talked about all sorts – my coping strategies, how it was different from simple memory forgetfulness, Dementia friends. He admitted that he left the house with more knowledge about dementia than when he’d entered and would now make sure he’d attend a Dementia Friends session.
I also spoke of the ‘advantages’ of dementia……….how I wouldn’t have had all the wonderful experiences I’ve had in the last 2 years if I hadn’t been diagnosed -………….well, you have to see the positives don’t you…….
I can’t remember all 6 songs but the last song he played was ‘Smile’ by Michael Jackson. I chose this because the lyrics are very positive and smiling makes the world a nicer place…
“”Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just…Smile”………….