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.