The Autobiography of a Book

September 4, 2017

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In recent times, I have been on a pre-loved books buying spree. It is always so interesting to read what a reader may have highlighted or the notes of love and endearment written as a gift, reward or another momentous event. I am perhaps trying to recreate a simpler time. In another life I was […]

Posted in: spreading cheer

The Serenity Song

August 2, 2017

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​Serenity is an actual place A physical space Sometimes by a lake Or inside of me On a boat on the ocean Or in the forest atop a tree. Serenity is an actual person Made of blood, flesh and tears A nun giving a sermon Or a stranger on a phone line A cherub on […]

Posted in: poetry

She’s still here — A late stage dementia story

August 1, 2017

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One of my favourite clients, Mary, is now in the later stages of dementia. She spends most of her time asleep. She barely says a few words, if we’re lucky. She used to respond to touch very well, but over the last few months, that has disappeared. It takes longer and longer to reach her. […]

Posted in: Relationships

Tips to beat the Monday blues

July 17, 2017

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If you’re not living in Dubai / one of those countries, or don’t work weekends, Monday might be the first day of the week for you. And I’m going to make a guess that it isn’t your favourite day of the week. If it is, please leave and do not ever talk to me. I […]

Posted in: attitude

Paying my respects to clients who died last year

July 9, 2017

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As part of my role, I work out of a day program once a week. I provide support to people living with dementia (PLWD) and their families through a partnership with a community agency. Over the last two years, I have formed a bond with many of them and you might have read some of […]

Posted in: Dementia, Uncategorized

Disclosing Suicidal Ideation to my GP

July 7, 2017

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It is hard to write about difficult things. I worry about people changing their opinion of me. But this is an important topic, so here I am. A while ago, I was going through a tough time with my body. My chronic pain was almost unmanageable and I was horribly depressed. Some days, when I […]

Posted in: psychology

Becoming “Unity” – A Dementia Story

July 6, 2017

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I have always hated my name. The name given by my parents. Ekta. As a teen, I went by a childhood moniker, Sweets. But that didn’t go with the bad girl image I wanted to portray in college, so I switched it back to Ekta. Then, in 2004, Henri was born. Henri was my alter […]

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