They said I’d likely have eight years to live and that I needed to hand over the one thing that allowed me to work as a delivery driver – my license – meaning I was now out of a job.
But here I was, being told by the consultant that I had two rare types of dementia – frontotemporal dementia and corticobasal degeneration. I also had early onset Parkinson’s.
Frontotemporal dementia, which affects the front and sides of the brain, causes problems with behaviour and language. This can cause people to become short tempered or easily agitated.
Symptoms started years before I went to the doctors and I could feel my personality changing slowly. I used to be ‘happy go lucky’, but I’m a lot more serious now and apathetic. I know my dementia is there, as I struggle with short-term memory, but I’m thankfully quite stable.