Words do matter when delivering a diagnosis …….

Todays blog is quite simple for me as I’ve already written it. Psychology Today asked if I’d like to blog for them. I agreed for the simple reason, it gives me an opportunity to think and write.

Language has long been a bug bear of mine since my diagnosis. The language used by and the body language of the healthcare professional giving that diagnosis, of whatever condition , but in my case, Young Onset Dementia  – the language and body language determines the state of mind of that person as they walk out of the consulting room.

Here’s the link to the piece I wrote for Psychology Today……


Words Have Power Concept – 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.

3 thoughts on “Words do matter when delivering a diagnosis …….

  1. It’s like that,sometimes,when M.S. is diagnosed.Focusing on what you can do and living a different life certainly helps.The best people to talk with are those who have the same diagnosis and you will,usually,meet someone who has found a way to adapt to a symptom that is new to you.

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