New book of poetry out soon…..

Last year I was lucky enough to meet and strike up a friendship with mother and daughter Jo Allmond and Jess Hiles. I met them at an event I was speaking at in Milton Keynes for McIntyre Care, which is leading the way for highlighting the issue of those with a learning disability that also has dementia.

Jess is an amazing person whose Nan had dementia. Sadly she died very recently, but during the process of trying to understand dementia we became friends.

Jo kindly asked me to contribute one of my poems to a book of poems described as:

“A selection of poems by those not always heard”

Well the book is out around the 1st May and Jo and Jess will be appearing at the Hawksbury Upton Literary Festival on the 22nd April – you can see them in a list of speakers on the web site:

Welcome

Here’s Jess’ wonderful web site – well worth a click.

http://www.jessthegothfairy.com/

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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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