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Untangling Young-Onset Alzheimer's with Wendy Mitchell

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Untangling Young-Onset Alzheimer's with Wendy Mitchell

November 2, 2020

Untangling Young-Onset Alzheimer's with Wendy Mitchell

Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia in 2014 at the age of 58. At the time she worked for Britain’s National Health Service as a non-clinical team leader. Her diagnosis led to an early retirement. Post diagnosis, she was shocked by the lack of awareness surrounding young-onset dementia in both the community and the clinical world, and started a blog, Which Me Am I Today? to document and share her dementia journey. This led to her travelling around the country as a respected speaker, raising awareness and encouraging others to embrace her passion for research. She eventually published a memoir, Somebody I Used to Know, with the help of author and journalist Anna Wharton, which became a national bestseller. Reviewers call it “Revelatory” (The Guardian), “A Miracle” (Telegraph), and “A Landmark Book” (Financial Times). She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates ( Hull University, “Doctor of the University” and Bradford University, “Honorary Degree of Doctor of Health”) and playfully refers to herself as “Doctor Doctor Wendy Mitchell.”

Purchase Somebody I Used to Know on Amazon https://amzn.to/3dmxTWh

Interview: How Do You Write a Memoir When You Can’t Remember? By Wendy Mitchell & Anne Wharton, published in Granta https://granta.com/how-do-you-write-a-memoir-when-you-cant-remember/

Wendy Mitchell on AlzAuthors.com:

Which Me Am I Today? https://alzauthors.com/2017/12/12/meet-author-wendy-mitchell/

Somebody I Used to Know https://alzauthors.com/2018/05/29/welcome-back-wendy-mitchell-author-of-somebody-i-used-to-know/

COVID-19 Video of Hope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4azNld5CBI&feature=youtu.be

Follow Wendy on Twitter https://twitter.com/WendyPMitchell

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