DSDC was privileged when Sunday Times Best Selling Author Wendy Mitchell agreed to present at the International Masterclass last year. Wendy candidly talks about her experience of being diagnosed with dementia and how she fights to make others aware that a diagnosis of dementia can open new doors.
You can watch Wendy’s presentation below. Wendy’s presentation is just one of many that you will have access to when you take the new online Intersection of Dementia + Design training course.
When diagnosed with dementia many people believe it to be the end, because no one tells them any different. There’s no getting away from the fact that it’s a bummer of a diagnosis, but if thought of as the start of a different life, a life of adapting to the challenges that come your way, it can make it a new beginning instead and give hope that there is still a life to be lived.
Wendy was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia on the 31st July 2014 at the age of 58 years young.
Post diagnosis, she was so shocked by the lack of awareness, both in the community and the clinical world, that she now spends all her time travelling around the country raising awareness and encouraging others to speak out in order to reduce the stigma associated with dementia.
Wendy is now proud to be the author of the Sunday Times best seller, Somebody I Used to Know. Who would have thought that possible six years ago when first diagnosed?