E-book Press Release

December 10, 2018

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I have distributed a press release to help promote my e-book, Picking Away. The full text is available below and can be found in a PDF format here.           MID-LIFE CRISIS: THE STORY OF DEMENTIA AT 52                 Picking Away – Mum’s Journey through Frontotemporal […]

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‘My happiness meter is so different now’ – An interview with Deborah Thelwell

January 23, 2015

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For this blog post I have interviewed Debra Thelwell whose husband, Alan, sadly passed away in 2012. He was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 2007. It has been a pleasure to conduct this interview with Debra; she has blogged extensively about her experiences of FTD and recently published a memoir: The Dance: Our journey […]

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‘The whole dynamic of our family has changed’ – An interview with Denise Wallin

October 5, 2014

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In the latest in this series of interviews I speak to Denise Wallin whose mother is living with frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Denise effectively articulates her family’s heartbreaking story and covers many of the themes that will be common to anybody with experience of the disease. The lengthy and stressful diagnosis process, the pressure placed on […]

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Interview with Ralph Jones

August 28, 2014

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This interview is the first in a series where I speak to carers and find out more about their situations and daily exertions. I want to help raise awareness of the difficult lives that carers lead as it always strikes me how dedicated and inspirational they are yet how often their efforts and stories go […]

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Dried Dates

August 25, 2014

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“You must eat to ease the menopause”, said Mum’s doctor. With some dietary recommendations in mind she picked up a bag of dried dates on her way home. The sterile health shop wrapper gave a certain bleakness to the product and as the shrivelled brown fruits pressed up against the packaging’s clear window they gave […]

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Articles for Young Dementia UK

March 10, 2014

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Young Dementia UK today launched a new website; the first site specifically for people with young onset dementia: http://www.youngdementiauk.org/ I have written some articles for the website, the main one is a perspective piece about mum’s care home experience. I hope it helps families making the decision to place a loved one into a care home […]

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grief

February 3, 2014

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Her bedside table drawer. Cluttered with diaries and necklace ends; hooks, needles and empty pens. Layered like my dreams with seams of jumble; a symbolic jungle. Biro labelled Polaroids, stills of a stopped life. A cracked watch, heavy with second hand strife. Plans dated prior to onset, tears turn the ink wet. Rummage headlong inside; awkward […]

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