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I'm running a half marathon in April and when my legs try and give up on me, which i'm sure they will, i'm going to be spurred on by memories of a very special lady. Not a lot of people actually know this but my nan had dementia and at a young pivotal age i moved into her home and helped care for her. Unfortunately this brain eating disease meant that our time together was very difficult.
A lot of people might assume that dementia is not knowing the day of the week or forgetting where you left the TV remote and while sure it can start way, the reality of a worsening disease is far more severe. In my nan's case she stopped recognising us and she reverted back to her earliest memories. Unfortunately this meant she would sing war songs as if she was back in that period, it meant she would call her son 'dad' and it meant she repeatedly asked where her deceased husband was.
From a carer's point of view that was difficult enough so i can't imagine what my nan went through. Not recognising her home, not knowing who the 'strangers' looking after her were and feeling isolated and alone. That's what dementia is though, a dreadful disease that separates loved ones long before they take their final breath. I feel very passionate about the work the Alzheimer's Society do and i hope that even if you don't donate, you at least spend a few minutes getting clued up on what dementia really is. If you can however spare a few pound, it would be a huge help.