Writing and sharing a story about how you or a loved one has been affected by dementia can offer some relief for both writer and reader. Alzheimer’s Society welcomes Your Story submissions from anyone who wants to write about life with dementia. Although we read and appreciate every contribution, unfortunately we’re not able to publish them all. If you’d like to share your story, email it to [email protected], along with a few details about yourself. Or, carry on reading this week’s entry below.
This week, Mick shares his story about living with alcoholism and dementia. We have posted his story unedited and exactly as he sent it to us.
hallo my name is mick 54 years of age and live in hastings by the sea.
I was an alchholic for a number of years and after failing 4 detoxes carried on drinking.
I became aware I was losing my memory about 6 years ago and just put it down to the drink killing the brain cells.
after a while my councillor whom ive been seeing for 7 years for various problems in my mental health condition decided something was wrong.
I couldnt speak ,remember the next phrase of my sentence etc etc after numerous appointments I was declaired as having dementia which was last year.
I was put on drugs to slow it down they didn’t work I was having side effects so another medicine was given which is a pill but I have to suffer with the side effects but not as bad as they were.
I know that deep down I’m getting worse.
my wife cares for me but she has to work and our son has autistic probs and hes 12 but doesn’t really understand my condition and what it does to a person so my wife has to work care 4 our son and myself a lot of work.
I don’t have a lot to do with institues and meeting other people as I’m a 1 to 1 person I didn’t relise you could get this disease at 54 but there you go.
I live everyday now how it comes I get a phone call every 3 mths from the dememtia team so me writing this is a god send nowing I’m not the only one out there theres more people out there worse than my self and they have to learn to cope.
maybe my day will come when I can cope and try and be a person if this is shown on internet I feel for you all and just keep coping with life as best as you can
all the best to you all