Celebrating International Women’s Day……

An extra intrusion into your weekend today…….as it’s International Women’s Day….

Hear what I recorded for a Dementia Diaries special by clicking on the link ……..about the special women I’ve met since being diagnosed with dementia……

https://dementiadiaries.org/entry/13852/to-mark-international-womens-day-wendy-recounts-her-meetings-with-other-remarkable-women-through-deep

Or you can read here…

Sorry if I offend my male playmates, but Sunday is International Women’s day, so this diary is celebrating all my wonderful female playmates in the Deep Network…..

My friendship with Deep started at the beginning with the WOW festival in York. Women gathering to debate, discuss and celebrate. It was my first meeting with others living with dementia and my first sight of Agnes Houston, my now life long friend …….she showed me the way, showed me what was possible. How women despite dementia, can have a voice…

Then there was the Speaking from the Heart Event in London – once again all women with dementia coming together and talking openly about female issues, with our lovely guest Jane Garvey from radio 4 women’s hour…..Jane said in an article afterwards that she’d been reluctant to attend as she didn’t know what to expect but on arrival had heard raucous laughter, a signal of what was to come.

Women are often in the minority in many circumstances, in the workplace, in politics in management in general…..but dementia has put us in the majority. More women affected by dementia than men. Perhaps this is natures cruel way of readdressing the balance. But many female playmates have found, through the DEEP Network, that strength comes in many guises. Where once we may have been weak and undermined, now we have the courage to speak out, to stand firm, knowing our strength lies in our numbers.

So thank you DEEP for giving us our voice, allowing us to find the voice that dementia and life had removed from many. Thank you to our strong female enablers who help us find that voice, because without you, we might still be silent…

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.

8 thoughts on “Celebrating International Women’s Day……

  1. Good morning, Wendy!
    I’ve shared this on Facebook, I hope that’s ok. Thank you for your blog, which I read with my lunch. You are an inspiration & I’ve learned so much from reading both your blog & your book. Have a wonderful day!

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