In the shoes of Kate Swaffer –
my Australian friend living with dementia
Above is an extremely powerful blogpost by my Australian friend Kate Swaffer: “In the shoes of a (wonderful, inspirational) person with dementia.”
I am very honoured to have Kate’s permission to re-blog it here as deep food for thought. It is a “must read” for anyone who wants, or indeed needs, to understand more about the remorseless disease that is called dementia – and how it actually feels to be living with young onset dementia.
You can read here about the day Kate and I finally met, with other #dementiachallengers in London and here is the poem I wrote about Kate as she flew home to Australia a week later.
How would you feel being diagnosed with dementia?
Last week I had the great pleasure to meet in person the wonderful Gill from Whose Shoes. It inspired me to pose a few simple questions to invite you to feel what it feels like in the shoes of a person with dementia.
Would you like the idea that you are losing your ability to recall or remember your own life, your children, your friends, the things you did five minutes ago?
Would you like being so confused you can’t navigate your way anymore, some days, not even in your own home?
Would you like not being able to read any more?
Would you feel upset about not being able to spell or write properly anymore?
Would you like not being able to recall the names of artists, paintings, musicians, songs, places you’ve been before?
Would you feel vaguely challenged not being able…
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