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Before I Forget : How I Survived a Diagnosis of Younger-Onset Dementia - Christine Bryden

Before I Forget

How I Survived a Diagnosis of Younger-Onset Dementia

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'Some days all I want to do is give up the constant, exhausting struggle and stop trying to be normal. But I can't. It's not in me to walk away from a fight. I'll keep fighting and telling my story. Before I forget.'

When she was just 46, Christine Bryden - science advisor to the prime minister and single mother of three daughters - was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia. Doctors told her to get her affairs in order as she would soon be incapable of doing so. Twenty years later she is still thriving, still working hard to rewire her brain even as it loses its function.

The unusually slow progress of her condition puts Christine in a unique position to describe the lived experience of dementia, a condition affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. In this revealing memoir, she looks back on her life in an effort to understand how her brain - once her greatest asset, now her greatest challenge - works now. She shares what it's like to start grasping for words that used to come easily. To be exhausted from visiting a new place. To suddenly realise you don't remember how to drive. To challenge, every day, the stereotype of the 'empty shell'. Brave and inspiring, this is Christine's legacy for people with dementia and those who care about them.

About the Author

For most of her adult life, Christine had a brilliant career as a biochemist, working in the pharmaceutical industry in the UK, for the CSIRO in Australia and then as a senior executive in the Australian public service, providing advice to the prime minister on science and technology. In 1995 she was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia at the age of forty-six, and since then has become a passionate advocate for people with dementia, addressing conferences around the world and appearing in the media. Her books have been published in several languages, and in 2003 she became the first person with dementia to be elected to the board of Alzheimer's Disease International. Christine is a mother of three girls and now has survived dementia for long enough - defying all medical expectations - to become a grandmother to four delightful children. Her new life in the slow lane of dementia has become fulfilling in so many ways.

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    Excellent book for those interested in Dementia and its progress

     
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      It's a unique insight into the life of a dementia sufferer. Very helpful in relating to others with this condition.

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        This book filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of dementia and changed my mind about many things. It has spurred me on to look further into this topic.

         
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          The author displayed great honesty and personal integrity describing her journey through early onset dementia. Fabulous read.

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          'Christine teaches us that we are more than what our brains are capable of remembering, that while we can still breathe and love, we all have something important to contribute to this world.' Lisa Genova, author of bestseller Still Alice

          ISBN: 9780670078745
          ISBN-10: 0670078743
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 288
          Published: 26th August 2015
          Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 2.1
          Weight (kg): 0.36
          Edition Number: 1