Somebody I Used to Know

by Wendy Mitchell with Anna Wharton | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by wingTaryawing of Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on 7/17/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingTaryawing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, July 17, 2021

Wendy Mitchell had a busy job with the British National Health Service, raised her two daughters alone, and spent her weekends running and climbing mountains. Then, slowly, a mist settled deep inside the mind she once knew so well, blurring the world around her. She didn't know it then, but dementia was starting to take hold. In 2014, at age fifty-eight, she was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's.

Mitchell shares the heartrending story of her cognitive decline and how she has fought to stave it off. What lay ahead of her after the diagnosis was scary and unknowable, but Mitchell was determined and resourceful, and she vowed to outwit the disease for as long as she could.

As Mitchell learned to embrace her new life, she began to see her condition as a gift, a chance to experience the world with fresh eyes and to find her own way to make a difference. Even now, her sunny outlook persists: She devotes her time to educating doctors, caregivers, and other people living with dementia, helping to reduce the stigma surrounding this insidious disease.

Still living independently, Mitchell now uses Post-it notes and technology to remind her of her routines and has created a "memory room" where she displays photos - with labels - of her daughters, friends, and special places. It is a room where she feels calm and happy, especially on days when the mist descends.

Bloomsbury Publishing 2019

Journal Entry 2 by wingTaryawing at Tammela, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Released 1 mo ago (7/27/2021 UTC) at Tammela, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland


Tarjolle Saaren kansanpuiston minimiittiin :)
Let's see if the book will find a reader over the afternoon coffee in Folk Park of Saari :)

Lue ja vapauta -

Journal Entry 3 by wingPaulanniwing at Tammela, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Wednesday, July 28, 2021
And it did find a reader! Recently, I read a novel where the protagonist had an early onset Alzheimer's (Still Alice by Lisa Genova), and it was so interesting a book that I look forward to reading this memoir as well. Thank you for offering it, Tarya!

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