The many words used when a person first makes it public knowledge
They have been diagnosed with dementia are words like
Then, if we dare to live too positively with it
We are told we don’t look like we have dementia.
The only thing really needing true grit, bravery and courage
Is putting up with the ignorance, stigma and discrimination
Or the sheer brutal unkindness towards us, from people without dementia.
The latter is often in the form of bullying or public defamation
Living life, with or without a critical illness or condition
Is one hell of a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.
Life with dementia is little different
Except for the attitudes of or treatment by others…
Footnote: in the last few years, there are now many people without dementia who are helping to positively change our experiences of stigma and discrimination. Thank you one and all. You know who you are xxx