Myrtle Brown, a 73-year old woman in Newtownards with Alzheimer’s disease, answers our questions.
What’s changed most since your diagnosis?
It is difficult to judge properly because of the virus lockdown etc. I had to stay at home for 12 weeks. Luckily it was good weather, so I could potter about in the garden with my plants.
The worst part was not being able to take my dog out and chat with the other dog owners. Before then, I was able to go on with most of my life as normal.
What would you take to your desert island?
I would take my Kindle loaded with my Bible and lots of books. However, as in an island without electric, I would take my Bible.
How has Alzheimer’s Society helped you?
All the staff have been very helpful, especially the phone calls just checking in.
What song or tune sums up your life so far?
I do love the hymn Amazing grace.
What single thing would improve your quality of life?
I would want the monthly groups to reopen and other new gatherings arranged.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
Perhaps I could go back to my teenager years and get more self-confidence.
What is your most treasured possession?
I suppose my sewing machine as I was able to make some of my own clothes, including my wedding dress.
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