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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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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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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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Inspirational and heartwarming.

I loved this. So well written and narrated. Thoroughly recommend. A superb insight into dementia.

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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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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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great insight into a mind with Dementia!

loved this book. it showed a great insight into a mind with Dementia. it also taught me not to 'cross over' the road (ignore) a person who has this. Definitely recommend this book!

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Inspirational!

Such an inspirational woman, bravely knocking down all preconceived notions of a life with dementia and instead creating hope for people who have received a diagnosis as well as their families.

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Brave and Honest book beautifully read.

fabulous should be on prescription to anyone diagnosed with dementia or alzheimers for a pisitive view. So helpful and informative for others hoping to support freinds family or work colleagues. thank you Wendy for your openness and honesty.

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an extra insight into this new world I am entering

Enjoyed very much. mixture of emotions as I am in early stages if dementia so could already relate to some of it. It put into words some of the situations and feelings I can relate to. will purchase book so can re read certain pieces and remember them. Thanku

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Fantastic, Eye opening, Inspiring

I am about the same age as Wendy. Whilst my heart goes out to Wendy and anyone who has dementia, I am inspired by this ladies frankness and willingness to help others during such a difficult time in her life. This book has rid me of the stereotypical view of dementia sufferers and made me think about how lucky I am not to be in that position.

The story is enthralling, I want to know more about Wendy. How is she now. Wherever she is I wish Wendy and her family well. Awesome read.