Three years on since a diagnosis of dementia……

I may not have much of a short term memory any more but I always remember one date – 31st July. Not only is it a dear friends birthday, but also the date I was diagnosed with young onset dementia.

2014 was not a particularly good year and the 3 years since have been filled with much sadness, much frustration and many changes. But they have also been filled with lots of laughter, many challenges overcome and many, exciting new opportunities.

Me and my daughters have become so much closer as dementia taught us to live in the moment, slow down and see more of one another. I couldn’t manage without them.

And my biggest achievement is yet to be seen. If it hadn’t been for dementia I wouldn’t have met my wonderful new friend, Anna Wharton, who has helped me write my book, to be published in the New year.

So you see, a diagnosis of dementia was a bummer of a diagnosis to receive but lots of opportunities have come my way, lots of new friends made and lots of new experiences have come my way because of that bummer of a diagnosis. So at least there’s been some bright spots shine on me over the last three years and for that I’m very grateful.

We all have a life full of challenges, mine just happens to be dementia. Perhaps not the bummer of a challenge I would have chosen but one which life threw at me.
Just goes to show that whatever life throws at you, there’s always a positive side; you just have to go out of your way to find it.

Courtesy of my dear friend Google……

 

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.

14 thoughts on “Three years on since a diagnosis of dementia……

  1. Hi Wendy,

    You never know what life will throw at you, but you have certainly not given up and embraced new opportunities which is great to see and read all about your experiences since your diagnosis. For myself, I am pleased that you are here and kept your blog going, and demonstrated that life doesn’t have to stop.

    I can relate to you and your family becoming closer, as the same is with my Dad, Mum and family. We try and make the most of every opportunity, live in the moment and now life is all about experiences for my Dad and keeping busy.

    Keep living life to the full Wendy,

    All the best,
    Martin x

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  2. Hi Wendy and congratulations! You are a beacon of light in this often confusing life we now live in. I offer my poems for your book, should you want to use any of them. You might like to know that Angela Rippon has praised them when I met her. All good wishes. xx

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