I am a 65-year old person living with dementia. I suffered a massive stroke in 2008 and was diagnosed with Dementia in 2009.
Life was a struggle until in 2015, I found the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. It was the beginning of my advocacy for those living with Dementia. I have done interviews with major networks. I am also on a personal campaign to try and convince young people to quit smoking. I smoked for 52 years and quit in 2014. Now, I have a mild case of COPD.
In October of 2016, I joined a group for the Youth Dementia Awareness Symposium headed up by Dr. Kristine Newman and her research team. It has been an amazing journey that has exposed me to many opportunities, and introduced me to so many people who are trying to find cures and make life more bearable. I never knew there was such a large number of people dedicating their lives in so many ways to help. I feel so lucky to be a part of this group of very talented people.