Somebody I Used to Know

  • by Wendy Mitchell
  • Narrated by Rachel Atkins
  • 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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A book all Health professionals and relatives and friends should read

This is a book that should be given to every person with dementia so they can give it to friends and relatives so they can understand how the person with dementia feels I so wish I had read it when my Mum and grandad was diagnosed it would have helped with my understanding them more able to help them.
Thank you so much to it’s Author Alice and her family
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- cheryl berridge

Moved to tears and awe by this autobiographic account of the authors experience of dementia

Picked up the book to gain some insight into what Alzeihmers disease is doing to my husbands brain.Trying to help him and myself to adapt to this Tsunami that is Alzeihmer.
I gain compassion and understanding of his plight and mine.
Brave brave struggle that Wendy has put to the disease. What is more learn a lot of her coping strategies that are going to be helpful , for example the use of reminders in the IPad.

Thank you from the heart
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- R. M. Lalor

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2018
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury