Brains for research visit…..

Yesterday I had a visit from Michelle Widdrington, Research nurse from the Brains for Dementia Research Project. Michelle is based up in Newcastle. I’ve donated my brain to the research unit so that when I die they’ll be able to use it for research into what makes our brain different from those without dementia. Even more important, they’ll be able to see whether my diagnosis was correct as it’s not until we die that they can categorically state whether or not we had dementia.

Michelle arrived to find my front path being dug up as workmen suddenly called yesterday to tell me they’d start on it today😱. It soon became apparent when I first moved in that the path and shallow steps were going to be a problem and I proved the case recently when I went head over heels ………..🙄. Anyway, sadly I didn’t have time to warn my neighbours about the pneumatic drill this morning,so I’m hoping they were all at work!

Michelle stayed for an hour taking me a variety of questions and tests. I did so well on the first test that she had to take me through a harder one, which didn’t go as well…….

She will ring my daughter Gemma later on tonight for her to confirm some answers I gave.

Donating your brain is as simple as that – a yearly visit to see how things are going along with a cuppa and a chat – perfect.

If you’re interested in donating your brain you can find out more at:


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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