Book Festivals…..

How lucky am I to have had a whole new world open up before me? The ‘Book world’ had never entered my life pre-dementia, just like so many other worlds……but it appears that the Autumn Book Festival season is upon us and I’ve been so lucky to have been invited to a few…..

The first one is at Appledore in Devon in September. By pure coincidence I’d been invited to speak at a Care Homes Annual Conference in Barnstaple a couple of days before so they both tied in nicely as it’s a mammoth journey………Details below of Appledore…I’m there on Saturday 22nd September…..

https://www.appledorebookfestival.co.uk/

Then one of the first to be announced in October is the The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. I’m speaking there with Neurologist Jules Montague – “Do Memories make us who we are”. More details of that one below

https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/literature/whats-on/2018/do-memories-make-us-who-we-are/

It would be wonderful if I actually had a chance to meet any of my blog or Twitter followers from those part of the country. It’s always so nice to meet people face to face.

I’ve met so many wonderful people who I would never have met if dementia hadn’t entered my life, so for that I have to be grateful…..

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 “Book Festivals…..

  1. Hi Wendy
    I have just finishedone reading your book , which I have found very interesting , as it mirrors just what my wife is going through at the moment. So your book made me to be able to understand how she feels .
    I enjoy reading your blog , it’s nice to know how you are getting on with your life .

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  2. Wendy,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. My mom said her brain felt fuzzy in January so I took her to doctor but they said it was her lack of oxygen use. She then started to say she didn’t recognize people and stuff was being stolen from her house. She passed her dr visit in June drawing a clock and remembering 3 words. I was at a loss until I read your book. It was her “good” day and the following week “someone else’s car was in her garage”. She literally kicked me out of the house last week for trying to tell her she’s not well and we need to see the dr again. Now I understand. Thank you so much for sharing, as this is exactly as you say for my mom. Understanding what’s going on is half the battle. I am now attending ALZ support group, which is helping too.

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