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Somebody I Used to Know Hardcover – 1 Feb 2018
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A landmark book (Financial Times)
Usually the experience of someone living with dementia is lost; known only partially even to their loved ones. The miracle of this work is that it managed to capture the experience, and hold it up for the rest of us to see (Telegraph)
Remarkable ... Mitchell gives such clear-eyed insight that anyone who knows a person living with dementia should read this book (Siobhan Murphy The Times)
The world could do with more Wendy Mitchells ... This is a book from which we can all learn (Jackie Annesley Sunday Times)
A lucid, candid and gallant portrayal of what the early stages of dementia feel like ... This memoir, with its humour and its sense of resilience, demonstrates how the diagnosis of dementia is not a clear line that a person crosses; they are no different than they were the day before (Nicci Gerrard Observer)
A brave and illuminating journey inside the mind, heart, and life of young-onset Alzheimer's disease (Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of 'Still Alice')
With humour, truth and grace, this book [gives] a unique insight into what it's like to live with Alzheimer's (Spectator)
I am so impressed with Wendy Mitchell's attitude and ability to explain her experience - she is both an inspiration and a guide. I think this book will be extremely helpful to people who are trying to come to terms with dementia, in their own lives, or the lives of their family and friends (Michael Palin)
An absolutely compelling account of life with dementia ... A testimony to human spirit and ingenuity (Jan R Oyebode, Professor of Dementia Care, University of Bradford)
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK
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This book is a first of its kind because never before has a person with young onset dementia written an account about her illness and the day to day changes she has had to live with and adapt to. How do you hold on to who you are, the job you do, the relationships you cherish when a disease is cruelly and inevitably taking away your very sense of self? It's deeply moving, emotional and I will never look at dementia the same again and I'm sure Mitchell's story will stay with me for a very long time.
'There is only today', she writes at some point because, although she is trying to find ways to hold on to the past and plan for the future, only in the present do they both converge and make sense, where they joined into something we call a personal story. Since being diagnosed at the age of 58, Mitchell has joined numerous associations and organisations, campaigning for more awareness and understanding, so that people with dementia can continue to live their individual lives as long as possible with dignity and independence. This is important as I'm sure we all know or have heard of someone who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or is experiencing symptoms of dementia.
My granddad for instance died at the enviable old age of 98, however, I remember vividly how devastating his senile dementia was in the last few years, leaving him disorientated and lost most days. The one only consolation we had as a family was that his decades of nightmares and memories of having survived the 'Stalingrad Battle' massacre in Russia with multiple wounds and lifelong suffering had also been wiped out. He lost himself with it, too though ...
Highly, highly recommended read.
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