Today is International Women’s Day, and I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about one of my favourite women- my Grandma, the inspiration behind my crusade against dementia, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago. Here she is, in all her loveliness:
My Grandma is one of my favourite people – her intelligence, independence and caring nature inspired me so much as a child, and now, as an adult, she continues to inspire me, albeit in a slightly different way. Alzheimer’s disease has all but robbed my family of the woman I grew up with, who took me to second-hand bookshops to fuel my love of reading, taught me how to do wordsearches, and knitted my baby clothes, but in spite of her illness, my Grandma remains intelligent, strong, and hilarious, and she never gives up. I started Digging for Dementia to make the world a better place for people like my Grandma, and to show society that people living with dementia are still entitled to, and capable of, living a full and happy life. Happy International Women’s Day to my Grandma and all the women like her, who lead by example and inspire those around them every single day.