Two articles and one recording …..

The BMJ wrote to me a while ago asking if I’d write an article for them on anything I liked. I’d written one before on language and at the time I’d just been speaking about how clinicians can make or break us with their attitude, words and body language… I wrote around giving us HOPE>

“Clinicians can transform patients’ perspective on their diagnosis by moving from “there’s nothing we can do” to “research participation is something you can do,”

Here’s the link if you want to read the article:

Wendy Mitchell: For those living with dementia, we need hope—research gives us that hope

Last week was also the bitter sweet anniversary of 5 years living with dementia and I recorded this piece for Dementia Diaries. You can hear what I said by clicking the link

Finally here’s an article I wrote for Psychology Today on discovering a new me…..

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.

12 thoughts on “Two articles and one recording …..

  1. Just read your Psychology Today article, it gave me goosebumps! Your honesty and frank insight into living with dementia makes me look forward to reading your blog each day, thank you so much.

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  2. Taking part in research with Humber Trust led by Katie, Sarah, Lauren and Dan has been an amazing experience and one which we certainly would not have missed! It has helped tremendously make us realise there is still a good life to be lived after the initial despair that I felt.


  3. What a wonderful anniversary. Five years on and still a wonderfully coherent blog. Inspiring, motivating, and kicking arse. You are one of my sheroes Wendy. Keep proving the naysayers wrong. X


  4. Two articles and one recording well done all ’round! You are reaching so many who need to hear the message of positivity you embody while living with dementia. You changed my perspective for the better when I read your book a year ago, and I thank you again for all you do.

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  5. I think it’s important that relatives and those who will be providing support and encouragement receive the same positive message following diagnosis for a loved one. A despondent message at that critical point could set the tone for the following time and whether this takes, even hastens, a downward path to resignation and despair, or as you have shown, a path that is not necessarily upward but one with an outlook and opportunity and achievements. Otherwise we, the onlookers, become merely that, or worse, complicit with and reinforcing of the hopelessness, rather than the support team we ought to be.

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