Summary

When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, she had to say good-bye to the woman she once was. Her career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Yet Wendy was determined not to give in. She was, and still is, propelled by a need to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself might surface tomorrow.
In this phenomenal memoir - the first of its kind - Wendy grapples with questions most of us have never had to consider. What do you value when loss of memory reframes what you have, how you have lived and what you stand to lose? What happens when you can no longer recognise your own daughters or even, on the foggiest of days, yourself?
Philosophical, intensely personal and ultimately hopeful, Somebody I Used to Know gets to the very heart of what it means to be human. It is both a heartrending tribute to the woman Wendy used to be and a brave affirmation of the woman dementia has seen her become.
©2018 Wendy Mitchell (P)2017 Audible, Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne H. on 07-03-18

Very informative

I didn’t know if I wanted to listen to Wendy’s story I was a bit scared I suppose. I’m glad I did I think everyone should read it,it is the most informative information on dementia have heard on how it affects people who have it,both my mother and my mother in law had dementia I wish Wendy’s book had been around then I would have understood the disease better and approached some issues with more understanding.Everyone should read it,it should be part of the school curriculum to help future generations understand the disease.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kevin on 27-02-18

Essential reading to understand dementia

This is a moving and inspirational (not words I use frequently or lightly) account of Wendy’s life with dementia (definitely not suffering from dementia). It gives a fantastic insight into what it is like, and also provides some great coping strategies that I’m sure many in a similar situation could benefit from.

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