Me and Anna in Conversation……

A simple blog for me to end the week as it’s 2 links – firstly:

It’s the last 2 weeks of voting in the Charity Film Awards. If you’d like to click on the link to see the film of me that has made the final and then vote if you havn’t already, that would be wonderful….

https://www.charityfilmawards.com/videos/somebody-i-used-to-know-wendy-mitchell

Secondly, to an article me and my partner in writing, Anna Wharton, wrote about the process we used and challenges faced when writing my book together.

The day Anna emailed me was a very lucky day for both if us. Because it was going to be such a personal book for me, there had to be immediate trust. It may sound strange, but the minute I met her I knew it would work…..

But for me, the best part of the whole process was that it was the most wonderful experience and through our writing together gained a friend for life….

Here’s the link to the article….

https://granta.com/how-do-you-write-a-memoir-when-you-cant-remember/

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.

10 thoughts on “Me and Anna in Conversation……

  1. I’ve already voted for the video Wendy and loved reading the dialogue between you and Anna. You are so special and I really look forward to and enjoy your blogs.

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  2. Dear Wendy,
    I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time, but just finished your book. As someone who has a high genetic risk for late-onset Alzheimer’s, I find your courage, tenaciousness, and insights both inspiring and comforting. It is often said that knowledge is power, but I find the opposite to be just as true. The lack of knowledge, the unknown, can be terrifying and paralyzing. Knowledge of my risk has enabled me to take positive steps to improve my health, as well as the chance to prioritize what really matters to me. Your courage and willingness to share your experience has given me a gift just as precious: the perspective to reject the false categories of “living without dementia” and “suffering from it.” Cognition is a continuum, not an “on-off” switch. I now see a positive path forward, no matter if or when dementia enters my life.
    Thank you.

    Patricia, U.S.

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