A wonderful animation that includes me by a talented student….

Some emails that come into my inbox make my day and last Thursday I arrived home to one that made me smile after a wonderful but exhausting 3 days with my playmates in London…….

It was from Thomas Purdue……now initially I couldn’t for the life of me think who this person was….he’d sent me a link to a film I’d been involved in. I had to go back to him and ask how I knew him and to tell me the history of our connection…….

It was then tiny sparkles of memory floated around…..Thomas is a student doing a masters in animation and he’d asked me to record some words for film was his major project throughout his course, which meant taking it through the whole production process. He said

I decided to make it after my partners grandmother was diagnosed. We realised the severe lack of understanding we all had as a family for life with dementia.
Well his finished animation is now ready for the world and I can’t wait to share it with you. I think it’s wonderful. The voices are real people, with real experiences and I quite like the animated interpretation of me – especially the red top 😊
He’s sending it out to charities now to use and hopefully raise some awareness with something a little different from the leaflets. I sincerely hope they use this talented students kind offer……here it is….it’s called Remembering Dementia……..

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.

27 thoughts on “A wonderful animation that includes me by a talented student….

  1. Hello Wendy

    This looked interesting. As you know I wear hearing aids but couldn’t hear the words. Is it just me or does it need to be louder? It would be a pity if sound is insufficient for more people.

    I was interested in your contacts with the audiologist. I have seen people with autism and young children put their hands on their ears when the noise is too loud and so found your experience interesting and especially that there is some help available. I went to an event which involved several schools recently which was dance based. I noticed the special school had pupils who put their hands over their ears. I think some had Aspergers. I wonder if their teachers and the parents know that such help is available.

    Best wishes Barbara



    1. Oh no Barbara that might have been my fault. I have it so quiet for me. I’ve redone done it at a louder volume and hopefully that will make it better for you?x yes those with autistism and Asperger are often associated with hyperacusis too.x


  2. Wendy please tell Thomas and Rebecca, that this was AMAZING. It captures things so well. Loved animated you, waving the tea cup around. Are you putting it on facebook, I will share it. Loved the bit about the “the mam who remembers how to make BOMBS” and the man who thought he had swam the Bristol Channel. ps how is the tea situation? Have you found something you like? All the best Donna x

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  3. Sitting in a hotel lounge in Dublin watching the rain and enjoying the company of good people.
    Dementia? Not my best friend but it doesn’t mean, ‘I can’t!’
    Thanks Wendy. Your positivity ‘empowers’ me and tells me I can and will!
    Bob and Sue xx

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  4. Wendy you are a true inspiration, I was lucky enough to hear you talk about your book some time ago and often stop by your Blog. You are truly making a difference!

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