Margaret

I knew there was something wrong with me approximately 2½  years ago. I was becoming very forgetful, my husband , who has always had a short fuse, would say loudly to me when I repeated myself “I have already told you that.” Of course this would upset me greatly but after time he stopped saying it.

I have eight grandchildren aged from 6 to 19 who I love to bits.  They understand much better than adults. It’s been an emotional roller coaster ride for me.

At first I was in denial “No I couldn’t possibly have Alzheimer’s” but visits to the “Shrink” and GP meant I finally had to accept the diagnosis.

It’s a bugger to lose your independence, no driving anymore.  Luckily I live close to a large shopping centre and I can walk there whenever I want to. The worst part is the phone doesn’t ring for me anymore, your friends all drop off. My grandchildren have never treated me any differently and I am very grateful for that and love them to bits.

Alzheimer’s is a very lonely condition to have your friends stop calling and drop off very fast.  You don’t get asked out for coffee anymore.

I am very grateful for the support I have received from Alzheimer’s Australia groups they are now the people I call my friends.