Recording an Interview for Canadian Radio….

Last week I was asked if I would be interested in chatting on Canadian Radio about Memory.
It was a request from the CBC Radio One program, ‘Out in the Open’. who are interested in speaking to me as part of an upcoming episode on the fallibility of memory, and more acutely, on dementia and Alzheimer’s. They’d asked if I would do a pre interview via Skype video with producer, Debbie Pacheo.

I really don’t like Skype. It’s not very friendly and never works straight away but it was all they could offer as they usually do the interview by phone, which I can’t do. True to form, as the Skype call started, a blank screen appeared; I could hear them but they couldn’t hear me. Then I could see them but they couldn’t see me. Anyway after much faffing, we found each other.

Debbie, the Producer, was lovely and the pre interview seemed to go well and the real thing was arranged for yesterday.

They’d decided to send over someone to my house, to record the sound from this end so freelancer, Lucy Ryan arrived nice and early and then the internet connection decided to play up……..😳🤯….cuppa tea time…….when in doubt, switch off, switch back on again……

While I ignored the red light and flickerings from the little internet box, me and Lucy chatted away. She’d come on the train from Sheffield and, as well as being a freelance audio buff,  taught Chinese students how to speak English at the University …..because she was Irish, I asked if they spoke with an Irish accent, but apparently she has a teachers voice as well as her everyday voice……..☺️

I was due to speak to the host of the programme, Piya Chattopadhyay and was glad to see red become orange and the internet connection come back to life again. Right on queue, the Skype sprung into action and Piya’s face appeared on screen. No technical hitches this time!

She asked if I remembered the detail of the pre interview I did the other day ……..😳………..nope……..🙄……as usually they relied on the person talking about the same thing😶………was never gonna happen. But I knew if she fed me words, that would bring out sentences I’ve said a thousand times before, we’d be ok. If I’m not reading my own words, the interviewer has to know the magic words which will ignite a sentence to appear out of my mouth. That’s why it’s so important for them to have chatted to me or read my book. Otherwise, I’ll ramble about anything. I’ve got a good excuse if it all goes wrong, but they just look incompetent……..🙄

We must have spoken for well over half an hour about this that and everything ……I so wish I could remember most of it but I can’t. I did remember one thing…..Piya asked me whether I trusted my memory. My response was no, and that I have to place a lot of trust  in others…….and we also spoke about the advantages of living alone, as I remember her laughing at my responses……..🙄

Even though I’m typing this straight away after the interview, the detail has gone, vanished……..but hopefully I did a good job. What I do remember is that Piya had a nice smiley face and was lovely to chat to……..apparently, for anyone in Canada, this will air  on January 6th and be up online the Friday before.

Once again, I forgot to take any piccies🤯… instead, I’ll show you the Korean version of my book that arrived in the post yesterday just before the interview….…stunning cover design…😍

Looks so weird but beautiful written in their language❤️

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia. 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.

29 thoughts on “Recording an Interview for Canadian Radio….

  1. So great to hear that perhaps some more Canadians ( I am Canadian) will get to hear and learn about you Wendy! As I’ve stated before, I quite enjoy your blog even though there is no one around me with dementia but I find your blog a very interesting read!

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  2. Hi Wendy I too really enjoy reading your blog way over here in New Zealand my daughters mother in law has dementia so we both enjoy reading more about how to help her as she is only 68 and has had it since she was 60.. but still enjoys her garden..

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  3. Fascinating, delightful and so inspiring to listen to you on CBC today. I’m helping my mother who is losing her memories far to quickly and your words give me wonderful insights to help her. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and making me smile. Good luck in your journey.


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  4. Hello Wendy, I appreciate you sharing your story on CBC radio today. I suffered a brain injury in 2012 at age 52. The impact on my family was devastating. At the time I was self employed and reasonably successful. The years since then have been very tough but somehow I am managing to keep going. Thanks again for your openness. I’ll keep up with your blog.

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  5. Wendy, I live in Newfoundland, Canada. I heard your interview on the radio today. You were amazing! I smiled, laughed, cried and hoped. My father had Alzheimer’s Disease and will be gone 15 years in March. So much of what you said became so personal to me – and gave me the hope that even in his final years he knew who I was (even though he could not verbalize it) and that I loved him, as he loved me. I look forward to reading your blog and following your journey with you and your daughters. Thank you again!

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  6. Hi Wendy, I heard a rerun of your CBC Radio interview this morning which was extremely thoughtful. My mother had Alzheimers, a disease that was not only devastating for her, but for me, her daughter and principle caregiver. Your interview stuck with me when you said that no matter how much memory may have been lost, the person with Alzheimers still is that person. This was definitely the case with my mom. I never regretted caring for her at home, despite the incredible hardships, both financial and especially emotional. There were so many lucid moments that would surface when I least expected my mother’s personality and memory to resurface. I NEVER subscribed to the premise that she was lost to Alzeheimers forever! And, I’m so glad I didn’t. She died at home which was always her request. I’m glad I could keep that promise, realizing that isn’t possible for everyone who is caring for a loved one with Alzeheimers. We reaped many benefits during her 10 year journey … we laughed and cried together and my mom expressed her joy constantly. Those memories will always be with me.

    You are an inspiration and I do wish you well.

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