This is a complete departure from my normal writing and I hope you will forgive me for including something so personal, and quite short, on my blog page.
My sister has had Alzheimer's for 2.5 years but we knew that something was wrong long before that: little things like repeating a story and thinking it was the first time. What is more distressing is that she knows that she has it and even now becomes very upset and tearful because she knows that it is incurable. There is only 19 months difference in age between us and as so many children do, we fought and quarrelled together, but as we grew older we would talk on the phone for hours and go out together.
It upsets me now that I cannot ring her and have a telephone conversation because she no longer remembers what goes on from day to day. What is worse, she is forgetting what happened in the past.
Around 225,000 people develop dementia in the UK every year - that's equivalent to one person every three minutes and so in September I am taking part in the Alzheimer Society's Memory Walk to raise money to try and develop a world without dementia. The walk itself is only 8kms (5 miles) but it is the fundraising that is so important.
So please support me by going to my fundraising page and donating
Thank you so much and I hope that the link works!