I've been blogging for a number of years, mainly about teaching and travelling. You can read my blog here. Now, my circumstances have changed and I find myself living back in the UK for the first time in a decade. I've taken on the role of main carer to my Mum who has Alzheimer's disease.
It's not easy. I have no previous experience of anyone living with this terrible disease. It's a steep learning curve and I'm making lots of mistakes, but it struck me that I can't be the only one in this situation and, by writing about my experiences, I hope to connect with others and share information and advice.
It's been a difficult decision to 'go public'. Mum has always been a very private person and, even now, as is often the way with dementia sufferers, does not accept that there is anything wrong. She would be mortified if she thought I was discussing her or her disease with strangers. However, I feel it's important to write about what's happening - I wish I had found more blogs written by people living with Alzheimer's when I was researching it. Few people who read this blog will know me personally and even fewer will know my Mum. I won't be publishing any photos of her. Everything I write will be about the disease and will not be intended as a criticism of my Mum as a person. It will be more about self-reflection - questioning how best to help Mum and how to avoid the pitfalls I keep falling into.
I hope, through this blog, to 'meet' fellow carers and to learn how to live with dementia. Please feel free to comment on anything that I write.