DSS- Mick in AUS

Dementia Success Stories:
“How we made a difference for self and those around us AFTER diagnosis”
A dementia brain-storming project by participants of PWD Perspective newsletter

  1.  Label: Michael David Carmody ( prefer Mick)
  2. Previous Occupation: Hospitality Industry, Sales, Truck Driving
  3. Nation and State: Australia. Queensland, Brisbane
  4. Age at tentative diagnosis: 58 years of age
  5. Year of diagnosis: 2013
  6. How long for definitive diagnosis: 6 months
  7. Type of dementia: FTD
  8. Since diagnosis, what one or more action, success, or accomplishment do you take pride in?  Joining the Consumer Dementia Research Network, Dementia Alliance International. ( Circle of Friends member) and Advocate for Dementia Friendly Communities.
  9. What do you wish your primary Physician knew about dementia? My primary physician would do much better to find out more about FTD than questioning the validity of my diagnosis even though it has come from my Geriatrician.
  10. What do you wish your specialist Physician knew about dementia?  My Specialist Physician is one in a million, kind, gentle, good listener, straight talker, Dementia is his forte. He believes that he can diagnose FTD through scans but what goes on inside my head he has no idea and I shall teach him.
  11. What do you wish your family knew about dementia?  My wife, children ( grown up ) grandson and my eldest sister are the only ones who are interested in my diagnosis. I have three other siblings who are either to scared or are unwilling to find out. They ring me at Christmas that is all. That is not my fault, they are the ones missing out

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