Interview with Radio York……

Last week some time, I wrote a blog about my visit to the dentist along with a visit to see the wonderful Jonathan Cowap at Radio York.

For the last 2 years Jonathan has invited me onto his show about every 6 month for a catch up on what I’m doing and how I am. It’s coverage like this which helps raise the profile of dementia and hopefully is useful listening for the audience as well. I’d like to think it was giving people a different perspective on dementia itself, showing that it’s not the end when you’re diagnosed and simply the beginning of a different life, with all that it throws at you.

Jonathan is a wonderful radio interviewer and always makes his guests feel relaxed and shows a true interest in the subject, so I’m always more than happy to sit and chat with him.

For anyone interested the recording can be found here and starts about 1hour 8 minutes into the show.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04qgw91

Catch up recording is only available for a few weeks so if you’re reading this as a ‘catch up blog’, you may have trouble accessing and will have to use your imagination….😊

Jonathan took a picture of me in the studio but I forgot to take a picture of both of us, which was very remiss of me, so I’m afraid you’ll have to put up with just one of me…..

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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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