Don't make the journey alone

Overview

Like you, the authors of this booklet were diagnosed with one of the conditions commonly referred to as dementia. We were diagnosed over two years ago but can still remember those first shattering feelings – shock, disbelief, fear, shame, feeling cut off … and feeling very alone. Your brain feels numb and you can’t take it all in.

But take heart … these first terrible feelings really do pass. We know – we’ve been there and really do understand your concerns. We want to share our experiences to reassure you that you can adapt. There is life after diagnosis. It’s not the same life you had before, it’s a different life. Hopefully one day you will feel able to embrace the change.

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