Hannah Davies Column: We're not the only ones
"WE read to know we're not alone" is one of my favourite quotes attributed to C S Lewis. I never cease to be surprised by the comfort that I get from knowing we're not the only ones travelling along this journey with Mum. Sharing the experiences with others, and physically or emotionally holding hands is what gives us all the strength to get through the hardest days. On the good days I find regaling others with the humorous and uplifting tales frequently puts a smile on many faces including my own.
We are very lucky in South Wales to have Dementia Co-ordinators who endeavour to keep people with dementia living life as they choose. For anyone who has a diagnosis of dementia the Co-ordinators are there to mentally hold your hand and guide you whenever you need. This role didn't exist when Mum got her diagnosis so we floundered quite a bit, struggling to find our way. It often felt like we were the only family going along this particular path. Thankfully the media, and particularly people in our area are now talking about dementia much more than they were 8 years ago, and strength comes from the many people voicing their concerns and sharing their joys.
The Alzheimer's Society annual month-long Memory Walk season is drawing to a close in Swansea on Sunday, September 29, at the Waterfront Museum. If you would like to come and share your story, listen to others or simply show your support for people living with dementia then please come and walk the 2km or 10km route. I'll be selling cups of tea if you want to say hello! Contact www.memorywalk.org.uk for more info.
To contact Hannah, either call 07599 909438 or write-to-hannah@ hotmail.co.uk
For information about the services and support available from the Alzheimer's Society visit www.alzheimers.org.uk or call 0300 2221122