Friday, May 5, 2017

Which Me Am I Today?

One of my biggest fears is that I will one day face dementia. 

My mother's mother (who I understand I once called "Meow". not to be confused with my father's mother who I later called " The Original Drama Queen") suffered dementia in her later years. I remember times when she spoke to us as strangers, and one particularly disturbing holiday when she thought my toddler cousin was me and I was my mother.

Having such a young mother, I have been safe from this shadow, but have witnessed heartbreaking and horrific events  with D/H (who's sweet grandmother  kept mistaking him for his father) and through my friends whose parents were older.

It is through one such friend, who's beautiful and doting mother, slipped so suddenly into dementia's demon grip, that I was introduced to the story of   Wendy Mitchell. 

Wendy is a British woman who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's in July 2014 at the age of 58.   She worked full time eight full months after her diagnosis, then chose to take early retirement in order to enjoy her life while she could still could remember it. She is a tireless advocate for dementia awareness and research.

I share her blog Which Me Am I Today?


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