It feels a little like I’m flying my own flag today, as I am adding this poem written about me, but it is to thanks, and is in honour of my friendship with Mick Carmody who is living with dementia and his wife Sue; Mick is already a very valued and active member of Dementia Alliance International.
You can register for our next online monthly cafe here, and then Mick starts a weekly online support group on February 3rd – details for registration to follow soon.
Anyway, I feel I owe it to Mick to post this beautiful poem here, which when I woke up early yesterday to see it as I downloaded my emails, saw many tears of joy and friendship running down my cheeks. My goal this year is to tell everyone I love them, as often as is possible, without it being sickening! Mick, thanks for loving me, I love you both right back! He added it to his own blog yesterday as well. Thanks a bunch Mick xoxox
Kate is a special friend to one and all
Her accomplishments should make her stand ten feet tall
Advocating for people with dementia is time-consuming and at times must be hard for her and her family as well
At times confronting and so it should be, backed with facts and figures for her to tell
Not afraid to take them all head on, I am sure even the President of the USA, would shake in his boots as well he should
Every day for Kate consists of being at another meeting in a different country or any of our states, I am sure Kate would fit more in if
Kate is well liked by all, an inspiration to us all and just goes to show what someone living with Dementia can achieve day by day
Keep up the good work Kate, in my eyes you are a saint, without you giving me a reason to live, get out of bed each day I would be saying, what will I be doing today
Determination, Inspiration, education and compassion almost sums you up Kate Swaffer