This book is a must read A must read for anyone it opens your eyes and takes you on the most amazing journey of how this brave lady lives with this its very emotionally through provoking and staggering I couldn t put it down, wanted to finish it as soon as I picked it up kept me quiet for a long car journey and part of the break Addition I read the book from cover to cover again and have to say it s really well written makes you feel part of her journey and appreciate her inner feelings and how people are viewing her you feel very much part of the story and you just cannot put the book down you always seem to be waiting for something to happen it s great Certainly subject matter is important for everyone to read you can really understand the struggles all round with this title. I found it amazing that Wendy could have written such a helpful and insightful book when she had already been diagnosed with early onset dementia I have recommended this book widely I thought that I knew quite a lot about dementia having had not only professional experience but also close contact with several family members with the condition Wendy transmits a totally positive and very practical guide to living with never suffering from this condition We must be thankful for her logical and analytical mind and many skills she honed in her workplace that allow us ot read how she managed to undertake journeys that would daunt many unaccompanied women without her diagnosis you will marvel at what she did to remember the food that she had gone into her kitchen to prepare, or know how to locate items in her kitchen cupboard Thank you, Wendy, for this positive and practical book and wonderfully helpful insight. Absolutely wonderful book My sister has Alzheimers and I wish I d been able to read this book when she was first diagnosed Gives a great insight and understanding into the person living with the disease An extraordinary book by a remarkable woman A warm, passionate and eloquent story of how to live with dementia some Latin scholar can surely come up with better word for the disease, with less of the connotations that fool those of us who are or were uninformed Ms Mitchell shows all of us how one can always have a meaningful life whatever handicaps are thrown our way as long as one is prepared to put in the effort and the organisation The book teaches us, the uninformed, of what matters to those living with dementia for those living with it, the book will be a great motivator It teaches the uninformed to appreciate the effort that someone with dementia must make to lead their daily lives and overcome their anxiety so many of the aids Ms Mitchell develops in the book remind me of those used by people struggling with anxiety The most important message I took away is this someone living with dementia may not remember people and places, but they will remember how they made them feel. I bought this book out of curiosity, mainly as I have a close relative who has been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment which isn t actually dementia but could tip over into it It is superbly written and with great intelligence The insight it has given me is invaluable Wendy approaches her condition with much positivity, something is often hard to come by when it comes to chronic or progressive diseases I was sad to come to the end of the book but did so knowing Wendy s dementia path continues and the road ahead will not get any easier I hope she realises what a difference she has made with this book along with her contribution towards the education and research aspects of the condition Her daughters must be so proud. Such an interesting book, dealing with early onset dementia I have learnt a lot from it, it is very honest and inspiring There are practical things we can all do to help and encouraging words about living life to the full I would recommend it to those who accompany a relative or friend or those living with the diagnosis But those things aside it is brilliant read A good read The author has dementia and she records her journey through the early stages how she struggles to continue contributing to her community, the measures she takes to live as normally as possible whilst coping with the disease Interspersed are sections in which she addresses herself, reminding herself and the reader of how she used to function pre dementia I found these sections a bit distracting, even irritating, and I wondered how she could recall in such detail how she used to be. This is a rare book To follow Wendy Mitchell s initial diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer s and then follow her numerous experiences as she tries to accept and thrive as best as she can is humbling Most important, she conveys insights into the condition that the most well intended person would never glimpse. THE RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICKTHE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERA BBC RADIOBOOK OF THE WEEKSELECTED AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE TIMESSELECTED AS A SUMMER READ BY THE SUNDAY TIMES, FINANCIAL TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE TIMES AND THE MAIL ON SUNDAY Revelatory Guardian A miracle Telegraph Remarkable Daily Mail A landmark book Financial TimesHow do you build a life when all that you know is changing How do you conceive of love when you can no longer recognise those who mean the most to you A phenomenal memoir the first of its kind Somebody I Used to Know is both a heart rending tribute to the woman Wendy Mitchell once was, and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become When I was waiting for my GP app I found article about this book in Woman s Weekly The moment I was back at my home I found this Kindle edition on , and couldn t stop till I finished reading it.Amazing insight in everyday life of dementia patient Everyone should read it Everyone.
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