Guest Poem by Alison Bolus….

Alison too has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She is 56 years young and lives with her husband in Surrey. The writing of anything can take Alison many hours, so I’m glad she managed to put pen to paper for me………

Slip sliding away…

Slip siding away…

Oh how apposite!

Oh how befitting!

I can sense my words slip sliding away, faltering, stuttering as I fumble for the words I used to master so casually .Now they define me and defy me by slowly unraveling my thoughts, leaving my poem naked and undone.

I know that my creeping pace will soon stutter to a slower pace, and then slower still, as I sight the beginning of the end of my story.

Then the end will beckon with a slow confused trail of thoughts to capture everything together with the glue of memory spread very thinly, as if to capture everything that went before this time.

Then I will be left with the memories of poems not yet written, poems still being conceived and those soon to be created

Slip sliding away…

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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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