My life is so much richer since having been diagnosed with dementia, and it has been my third greatest gift in my life.
One of my newer friends, Dallas the Dancing Dude (aka Danger Presley) agrees with me, and he prefers his new life with dementia, than without it. We talked today about people without dementia who seem and act ‘crazier’ than people with dementia, and they don’t have a medical excuse!
Even the really tough days are worth it.
Yes, even on the days when I can’t work out how to make a coffee, or cannot get dressed easily. Yes, even on the says I forget faces and names, get lost, or find at least five cups of ginger tea, all cold, in strange places all around the house.
Seriously, I do feel the gifts of dementia more than make up for the losses and sadness!
- I now know with certainty who my true friends are
- I have made a whole bunch of incredible, amazing and fabulous new global friends, my DAI family
- I now know with real clarity what is important to me
- In spite of the ever increasing ‘loss of clarity’, I have a new sense of clarity about life that I did not have before
- My life was turned upside down again, and I found new ways to get back up again
- I am stronger and more resilient
- I am better at not stressing over the small stuff
- Although mostly unpaid, the ‘work’ I do makes a difference
- I became a regular blogger (for some years, it was almost daily)
- I’ve written two books, and three poetry books, something I’m almost certain I would never have been brave enough to do without becoming a blogger, which would not have happened without dementia
- Life has more meaning
- Dementia has brought me out of the shadows
- Dementia has taught me how to be a Lion!
For some reason, I needed to remind myself of seeing dementia as a gift today…