When people believe in you it’s amazing what you can achieve…

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………….

From yesterdays Sunday Times…☺.


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.

40 thoughts on “When people believe in you it’s amazing what you can achieve…

  1. Absolutely fantastic, you and the book. We should certainly try and see a problem as a challenge. You have shown beyond any doubt that a positive attitude wins hands down. Not an easy journey Wendy as some folks would assume but a result of “stickability” and “inner steel”. Enjoy your unbelievable achievement 🙂 Loving your book by the way 🙂 xxx

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  2. Just finished listening to the Book of the Week on BBC iPlayer and was wondering how you are, and this email arrived with your very positive blog post! I am very impressed with the way you have coped with your dementia, and am full of admiration for you. I think you are really making a difference to the way we care for people living with dementia. Thank you.

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  3. I have listened to your book on Radio 4 as Book of the Week, and read the extracts in the the Daily Mail. What a brilliant idea to write this blog and then a book. You are providing a real public service which is unique. Everyone should read this if they have dementia or care for someone who has, as you have the inside view, and it is so full of good advice and tips. Now I come to your blog to see how you are getting along today, and am delighted to see you made the best seller list. Very well deserved.

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  4. Thank you for your wonderful insight and drive to support others . We are learning how to deal with my mums diagnosis and your work has been instrumental in changing our approach and so far lots of positive outcomes. Really can’t thank you enough . Such courage . Sending you and your family tons of love. X

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  5. Dear Wendy, I bought your wonderful book on Kindle as we’re away from home and I couldn’t wait to read it! 🙂 Really enjoying it – though a painful read in some ways too. But in a good way I hasten to add!

    Sending you my very best wishes from our new caravan in Wales, and some cyber hugs too if you feel able to accept them. Maggie

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  6. Hahaha – be careful Wendy or I’ll be expecting to see you in the Marathon come April :-D. But yeah, human beings can be amazingly resilient. I see it again and again. Do you think it’s *all* of us or just us stubborn ones? I’m undecided…. Well done.

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  7. Hello Wendy, may I say what an inspirational person you are. I work with the elderly who are living with dementia. You have shown that just because they have a diagnosis, it does not mean that your life is over. Thank you for your honesty in your book. It was an wonderful insight as to how life may change, but it does not have to define you.

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  8. I couldn’t put your book down, Wendy. It was truly moving and tears fell down my face at times. But it left me full of admiration and, better still, with a real understanding of dementia. I know that many ordinary people face terrible situations with extraordinary resolve but not many take on the job of changing the world at the same time! We’re in a town that is striving to be dementia-friendly. Now I have a grasp of what that really means. Thank you and very best wishes.

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  9. Dear Wendy, I have just received your book and have nearly finished it but will wait as I have passed it on to a woman I know whose husband is living with early stage Alzheimer’s. It is a beautifully-written and inspiring book. It is also helpful as I care for a close relative with dementia. I struggle to not worry about the future but I find very helpful your message about living and enjoying the “now”. I wish you and your daughters only well.

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