It’s the hardest thing in the world

Another moving post from George.

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New York City, New York State, USA --- Two bolts of lightning hit the antenna on top of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan as an electrical storm moves over New York, May 23, 2014. --- Image by © Gary Hershorn/Corbis

It comes out of nowhere.


A jolt of lightning strikes your brain.

You’re suddenly taken where you don’t want to go.

A place you’ve been avoiding, blanking, hiding, camouflaging.

It’s emotional chaos for that little flash of the future.

So, that’s what is going to happen after all.

Dementia is a slow burn. Not for everyone I know, but mostly it takes years, even decades, to develop, or rather for

Your brain to stop working.

You live on, after diagnosis, mostly forgetting about it. You get on with your life.

Yes, you find it hard to get words sometimes, or to remember where and why you’re going somewhere.

You can’t always decipher what you hear first time…irritating those you live with.

You might start to shuffle a little, become unsteady on your feet, find steps a little tricky.

But it becomes the new norm.

Then out of nowhere…


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