During August, it was announced that the football legend Denuis Law had been diagnosed with Mixed Dementia. The press announced is sounding like an obituary …..but he wasn’t dead! However, Law himself then wrote an article for the Guardian… a positive article…he said:
“I do understand what is happening and that is why I want to address my situation now whilst I am able, because I know there will be days when I don’t understand and I hate the thought of that right now. In the height of the pandemic I said I hoped that if one positive was to come out of it, it would be that it would make people kinder to each other, so that’s what I am hoping for now.”
You can read the full article here hopefully:
If the media continue this negative onslaught towards dementia, we have no chance of reducing the stigma associated to a diagnosis. But thankfully Law was honest. Yes we know it’s a bummer of a diagnosis, BUT there is life still to be lived…..by chance I’d written a poem the week before….
One word we don’t hear at diagnosis,
one word we so desperately need,
sinking into a depth of despair
simply because that one word is missing,
One word for the life still to be lived,
one word offering encouragement,
one word that could help us see light,
amidst this dark black tunnel….
One word that smiles,
that brings about relief,
one simple word to help us cope,
what is that word?