Book review: Somebody I used to know

Admiral Nurse Wendy Mountford reviews Wendy Mitchell’s dementia memoir
Somebody I used to Know book cover

Somebody I used to know Wendy Mitchell Bloomsbury £16.99 | 320pp ISBN: 9781408893364

Wendy Mitchell has given a brave and honest insight into her lived experience of early onset dementia. The insidious nature of dementia is captured throughout the book, alongside the difficulty in obtaining a diagnosis and useful post-diagnostic support.

In this memoir, Wendy demonstrates her resourcefulness and tenacity as aspects of her life are changing, becoming a master at ‘when life gets blurry, adjust your focus’. She has found a new purpose – increasing awareness of dementia so that people living with the condition are less marginalised.

Wendy is inspirational in her commitment to making a difference to people and in reminding us all of the importance of living in the moment.

A heartfelt fear of not being able to recognise her daughters in the future is discussed at points in the


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