We’re in this together……

People often say to me, ‘I don’t know how you do it’, ‘You’re so positive’ etc etc, but none of this could be possible without my daughters being on this road with me.
When one person gets a diagnosis, the whole family gets the diagnosis. It’s a steep learning curve for everyone around you.
I often wonder how I would cope without them keeping me on the straight and narrow and simply looking out for me.
We may all have our private moments of tears but we have so many more times of laughter, fun and learning.

I’m so glad we’re able to talk so openly and freely.
Going through dementia in silence exacerbates the problem – talking openly relieves you from the burden of living with it alone and helps to raise awareness and others around you to understand how best to help.

Tuesday was my birthday and Sarah, Gemma and Stuart pooled resources (and even Billy donated some of his biscuit money) to buy me the most wonderful present – a flight in a glider!!!!!!!


I can’t tell you how excited how am – I’m beside myself with excitement. The fact that there will be no noisy engine and just the silence of the sky above makes it the most perfect present.

Sarah went to the local airfield and explained the situation and they were so helpful. I do have to wear a parachute😳 but I’ll think of that as like wearing my haversack😊
Imagine the photos I’ll be able to take!

I was also lucky enough to get 2 more Marian Keyes books which are short articles and very similar to the one I got at Christmas. I’ve almost finished that one and it’s been such a good read. Couldn’t tell you anything about the content, I just know I’ve laughed so much.


I often say I have all angles covered – one daughter in research and the other, a nurse in a hospice…..I’m very lucky……😁

And what could be better than a birthday cuppa tea......😊
And what could be better than a birthday cuppa tea……😊

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.

10 thoughts on “We’re in this together……

  1. Happy birthday Wendy and now I am jealous of your glider ride. What fun you will have. I did the ziptrek, riding along on a wire high above the trees in Mont Tremblant where I live. Such an amazing feeling of freedom and seeing the workd from another angle. Enjoy enjoy enjoy ((HUGS))

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  2. I so love you Wendy ! late HappyHappy Birthday and I’m going to get those books for Christopher….sos I’m not daunted by reading something huge !!!

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  3. I am lucky, too with my home situation. A husband who keeps an eye me when needed. Lots of local friends, children who appear when they have some time. and all many classes I go to. I know that way I am fortunate. But I am concerned about the more lonely members of us. Having Alz is a scary place at times… So yet again, Wendy you bridge the gap between us though your blog.
    Thank you for shining much needed light into our situation. , Is it possible to have a big hug that makes us all feel part of something good? Something that unites us?

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