Local radio interview……

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”………….

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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