Two BBC films……now side by side..

Nearly four years ago, at the time of the release of the film Still Alice, the BBC asked me, Keith Oliver and Christopher & Veronica Devas to film our lives for a month using a camcorder. From the footage we recorded, the wonderful reporter, Jim Reed, produced this short film….how different I was then compared to now…

This was just after my diagnosis and I was still working full time. From making that film, I made 3 wonderful new friends. We’d been brought together through a diagnosis of dementia. Our paths would never have crossed if it hadn’t have been for the diagnosis and I’ve made so many more wonderful new friends since. Every cloud…….

Then recently this year, we were asked to make an updated version to go alongside this one.

I’m sure I’ve must have put them both on together before, but I couldn’t find it, so apologies if you’ve seen them both.
I wanted to make sure I had a link to both on the same blog as the BBC in their wisdom, have decided not to put many things on YouTube anymore, otherwise the 2 could have been side by side….but hey ho…..the wonders of the blog!

So here’s the update we made 3 years later…..shown earlier this year on BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire programme….maybe we’ll all be around to do it all again in a year or two…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05zqw0m

Apologies if my overseas friends can’t view the links, but fingers crossed…..

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.

14 thoughts on “Two BBC films……now side by side..

  1. Difficult to click ‘Like’ on this but I did so because I’m happy that you’re still relatively well, Wendy. I hope you continue to cope as well as you do – I love your different strategies.

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  2. The film was very touching. I have been trying to understand how my father sees things and i am now kind of relieved that i know his emotions were right there all along.
    Just to say that my father passed last week at the age of barely 68 after being diagnozed with P.D. at first in 2012 and A.D. two years later. Rest in peace father.

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  3. I was able to view it also from Virginia,USA
    I’m almost done with your book,I’ll be looking to buy my own copy,this is just a check out from the librarry.Linda

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  4. Dear Wendy I have just watched both of the BBC documentries and found it extremly moving and interesting listneing to each story.
    I have been following your blog for some time due to my own worries.
    Is it possible to email you?

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  5. Thank you for sharing this Wendy. What an interesting study to follow the three of your over time.

    It has been close to three years since my diagnosis too, Wendy and I think we notice more change in ourselves than others do – because we are getting good at covering our tracks and having strategies in place to maintain our functioning. You are looking good, although I know that like me, you are most likely to be putting in an awful lot of work to maintain this, and I know too how exhausting it is to do so. Keep pressing on and living for today. 🙂

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