Who would have thought, on that traumatic day that was 31st July 2014…..who would have thought that over 3 years later I would be celebrating having my book in the Sunday Times Best seller list?
If someone had told me back then, about all the wonderful new friends I would make, the private me that was back then ,wouldn’t have believed them.
If someone had told me back then that I’d regularly get up and speak before many people, I wouldn’t have believed them.
If someone had told me back then that I would tweet and blog on a daily basis, I would have laughed.
All these things have happened because I was diagnosed with dementia – who would have thought………?
I’m soooo often saying that we all had talents before a diagnosis, we don’t suddenly lose them overnight when we get that diagnosis. With support, love and confidence in the knowledge that we CAN, we’re able to achieve so much, albeit differently.
One review in the Culture Magazine of the Sunday Times this week particularly pleased me:
“For grown-up listening there’s been a remarkable Book of the Week on Radio 4, Somebody I Used to Know by Wendy Mitchell and Anna Wharton. It’s the story of how Mitchell, aged 58, learnt that what was making her fall over and putting fogs in her head was early-onset dementia. This is how she dealt, and deals, with it daily. Dementia being the scary stalker we all dread as we wonder what we went upstairs for, I didn’t expect this to be a cheery listen. But, as Books of the Week are personally chosen by Radio 4’s network head, Gwyneth Williams — and she is hardly likely to want her customers turning off in droves — listen I did and was duly and honestly cheered. Read by Tessa Gallagher, abridged by Amanda Hargreaves, it was frank, angry, practical and, just occasionally, funny. Properly funny, not funny peculiar.”
Never give up on us and never give up on yourself. Any achievement, no matter how small is a wonderful achievement………….