Christine Bryden was only 46 when she was diagnosed with dementia in 1995 after experiencing symptoms of what she thought was stress, including terrible headaches, which is why she had a brain scan that showed the brain damage was already well under way. The prognosis was horrific, and she was told she had only a few years left before needing to go into residential aged care, and that she would die a few years later. Since her diagnosis, she has gone on to become a world leader in advocating for people living with dementia. She is also a highly accomplished author, writing four books about dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Extracted from Maggie's Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer with Professor Ralph Martins, published by Simon & Schuster Australia, RRP AU$39.99 or NZ$45.00.
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