Annette's story

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Annette Fitzjohn sent in a passage she wrote to express her frustration at being diagnosed with the early stages of dementia.

Former hospital worker Annette, who lives with her husband at Dayton Court, one of our retirement housing schemes wrote about the special place she visits to help her deal with her dementia in a touching passage called 'My Destination is Aligned with Dementia'.

My Destination is Aligned with Dementia

Dementia is a powerful illness. 

I can remember things from long ago but I cannot seem to remember recent things. 

Awareness can be powerful but in my case it is not powerful enough to carry out my wishes. 

I wish that I could do all the things that I once found easy but now I find hard to do. 

My impulse has always been for me not to be sitting about idly. 

I used to be on the go from before daybreak doing all those various tasks that needed doing. 

All that I did, I tried to do so as not to disturb anyone. 

I write at night but now I think in vain because I am in pain and I now have to keep resting every so often. 

I find a little quietness is really good and therapeutic. 

In my mind I walk down a peaceful country lane with daffodils, lilies, bluebells and poppies on every side. 

At the end of the land is a lovely cottage with roses outside it where a nice old lady lives, and there I find the peace and solitude I so desire.