You might have seen Wendy Mitchell on shows such as This Morning, Channel 4 News, or heard her on Jeremy Vine over the past few weeks. Wendy spent twenty years as a team leader in the NHS before being diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia in July 2014 at the age of fifty-eight.
Afterwards, Wendy tried to take stock. ‘I could have given up and gone into a deep state of depression, but I knew there must be more,’ she says. ‘We all have talents before a diagnosis of dementia; we don’t suddenly lose all those talents overnight when we get a diagnosis.’
Wendy also decided she wanted to start documenting her daily life, so she could show friends and family that her, ‘intellect was still intact.’ With help from her daughters, she created a blog https://whichmeamitoday.wordpress.com to record what she does so that she can ‘look back and smile.’.
But perhaps Wendy’s most impressive achievement to date is her beautifully written memoirs Somebody I Used to Know, published on February 1, in which she gives an honest, unflinching account of life with Alzheimer’s.
We have five copies of Wendy’s book Somebody That I Used To Know, worth £16.99, to give away. To enter, simply:
*Join our Facebook dementia support group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnforgettableDementiaSupport/
*On 30th March we will choose five winners at random from all the group members to receive a copy
We look forward to seeing you on the group, and good luck!