When I first found out about my dementia diagnosis, I found it really difficult to accept. I was fit and healthy and so I didn’t see it coming.
I struggled with depression and kept thinking, “why me?” I felt like I was in a vacuum of not knowing where to go, or who to go to for help. My life changed unexpectedly and it was a lot to deal with.
But running gave me a purpose, and it’s really helped me to focus. It’s taken a long time, but it’s helped me feel like I’m coming out the other side and that there’s nothing stopping me.
I’m having to take slower steps in training and build up more gradually than when I ran previously, but running is giving me freedom. I feel in control again and I’m not going to let dementia win.
I’ve joined the Dementia Revolution because I want to help the 850,000 other people like me who are living with dementia in the UK. By taking on the London Marathon on April 28th for the Dementia Revolution, I’m taking a stand against dementia and I’m helping to making a difference. That is really special.
I’ll be running the marathon with a guide runner, Leanne. Leanne has helped to keep me motivated through training and it’s been great to have made a new friend who loves running. This is the first year that guide runners will receive a medal, so it’ll be an important day for her too.
I think it’s fantastic that the Dementia Revolution will fund research at the UK Dementia Research Institute. Researchers have already made breakthroughs and, with support, they will make even more. Hopefully one day they’ll find a cure. That’s why it’s vital that we fund dementia research.
I’d be grateful for anyone who wishes to sponsor me as I take on this challenge, or support in person on race day by joining the volunteer team to cheer me over the finish line.