In my first podcast I meet the acclaimed interior designer Nula Suchet whose late husband began to develop Pick’s disease, a rare form of dementia, when he was just 57. This warm, passionate Irish woman tells me that she didn’t even know what dementia was when James first started to show symptoms. She describes how isolating it was as she struggled to look after him and her shock at the lack of support. We hear how her extraordinary love for James remained undiminished even as dementia stole him away and how she found new happiness with broadcaster and journalist John Suchet, whose late wife Bonnie also developed the condition. Nula and James’ story is told in her book The Longest Farewell and, though one of sadness and pain, it is also – wonderfully and surprisingly – one of hope.
Nula’s book, The Longest Farewell, is available from www.amazon.co.uk and other useful websites are www.raredementiasupport.org, www.alzheimers.org.uk and www.dementiauk.org
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