Why I chose to step down from the 3Nations Dementia Working Party….

So following on from yesterdays blog on giving yourself an MOT, I thought today I’d tell you why I’ve stepped down from the 3 Nations Dementia Working party. This was for a different reason and I didn’t want people to think I felt it wasn’t important because nothing could be further from the truth.

I used to enjoy our 3 monthly meetings. Spending time with the most wonderful people on the planet.

Some members have come and gone for a variety of reasons but I always promised myself that if I ever stood down, I’d have a replacement for me from Yorkshire to offer up as a suggestion. I also thought I wouldn’t stand down until my term of office was up!!

However, at the last meeting I suddenly felt out of my depth. I was suddenly in awe of the knowledge of my wonderful playmates; knowledge I knew I didn’t have.

I felt I was there for the wrong reason. My reason being, I love to be with all the wonderful people, however that isn’t reason enough. Yes, I can blog, yes I can write a speech, but that’s where my expertise stops. I’m with people who are supremely knowledgeable in Human Rights, in the law, in being able to stand their ground on so many things over which I have so little stored in my memory.

I’ve always said our uniqueness and our unique talents is what makes our group but I feel my talents aren’t the right talents for the group and should be replaced by someone who has more of what the group needs.

And so I’ve stepped down. I’ve made my recommendations but, of course, due procedure has to be followed as there may be others to consider.

It’ll be me who misses out on this wonderful group as no one is irreplaceable. I’ll miss seeing all my playmates in one room but I know we’ll see each other in different circumstances and that’s a great comfort.

Of course, me stepping down means someone more appropriate can have the pleasure of being in the company of these wonderful people.

I will still carry on doing what I’m doing and following and supporting all the work they do. I may be gone in presence but I’m still there looming large and promoting all they do.

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.

8 thoughts on “Why I chose to step down from the 3Nations Dementia Working Party….

  1. ‘ I’ve always said our uniqueness and our unique talents is what makes our group but I feel my talents aren’t the right talents for the group and should be replaced by someone who has more of what the group needs’ – wow, no explanation needed but I think it’s great you are also thinking about what the group needs

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  2. This realization and your decision to act on it for both your benefit and others show great courage. You must not overexert your time and not do what you find is coming between your enjoyment of circumstance and to ones of inadequacy.

    You are so amazingly brave and it is a shame your disease is slowly stealing you away from your passion. You have been distinctly helpful and taught me a lot. Keep doing what you want and can do and do not feel bad about what you can not control. Take care of Wendy, please.

    Making the choice to step down is one of bravery due to your reasons. Even to recognize this choice must be made and is sad it leaves more time for you.

    I greatly admire what you are doing and understand the huge effort you make to accomplish your wish to inform the world about the truth of dementia and Alzheimer’s’. You and the tremendous efforts you make to get done what your doing put you at the top of those who have made a difference in my life. Please take care and rest. I know, easy for me to say, I rarely leave my bed. Thanks for all you do and have done.

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