1. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
    Torquay Devon



    Well, it’s that time of year again and I have just been looking back on my computer and in my documents to see what I have been up to!!

    PHEW!! It’s been quite a year by all accounts!! Something`s I still remember, like the victory we had with BUPA and changing their wording on their documents.

    Also seeing our very own Memory cafe on the BBC news and talked about on Radio Devon. Highlights of the year has to be going to the Dementia Uk conference in Bournemouth and going home to my home town of Bolton to speak at the carer`s conference, I was so proud to be asked !!

    There are so many other things I have just seen so there are far too many to mention, I would be here all day!!LOL

    The very low point of this year was the untimely death of my wonderful mother in June. I still hear her sometimes calling my name, is that the Alzheimer’s or just wishful thinking? I don’t really care what it is; it’s so nice to hear her sometimes. I still miss her so much and if ever a hero walked this earth it was she.

    The one thing that does stand out more than anything else is the amount of dear, honest and supportive friends I have made over the last twelve months. It is well documented with me that when I was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago I lost 70% of my “so called friends” I can honestly say I have more than doubled than now in honest genuine friends, who accept me for who I am and only see me and not the illness. This is the most precious gift I have ever had (Apart from my “Angel wife Elaine and children) and for that I will forever thankful to you all.

    Sometimes I try not to look too far into the future for reasons I am sure you will understand but what I do look forward to is continuing these friendships I have made for a very long time to come.

    Each and every one of you holds a place in my heart which will never be diminished.

    As for my wish for next year? Well, a cure would be nice!! But failing that I just hope that each and every one of us touched by this awful illness will be able to understand it a little better and deal with it as it happens.

    I hope that the Stigma of this disease will be reduced so much it will disappear and Dementia will be talked about openly and honestly so all will understand how important this is to so many people.

    I hope that there will be a way to diagnose this illness as early as possible so to give people the chance to do what they always wanted to do and spend that precious time with their loved ones and friends enjoying every moment of it.

    I hope that all my friends and their friends find the strength and courage to fight this disease with everything they have.

    Most of all I hope to be a part of all the above hopes by raising my voice about it at every opportunity, raising awareness as much as I can and hopefully being there on the day someone announcer’s a cure!!!!

    Remember my friends


    I will be offline for a few days from tomorrow so I just want to wish everybody a safe, healthy and happy Christmas and hopefully a better New year all around, best wishes,

    Norrms, Elaine and family xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  2. Dibs

    Dibs Registered User

    Jun 19, 2009
    Dear Norrms and Elaine

    I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year.
    Love Dibs (Deborah)xxxxxxxxx:)
  3. christine_batch

    christine_batch Registered User

    Jul 31, 2007
    Dear Norrms and Elaine,

    What you had done in one year, you are an inspiration to so many.

    Have a peaceful and Happy Christmas and for 2011 may that be the year there is a big break through for this herrendous illness.

    God Bless
    Love from
    Christine xxx
  4. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
    Torquay Devon

    And so say all of us my friend, many blessings xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  5. gigi

    gigi Registered User

    Nov 16, 2007
    East Midlands
    Dear Norrms,

    It's always good to see you here..and you really do bring a ray of sunshine into these dark days....:)

    You are an inspiration.

    Congratulations on all you have have achieved this year on behalf of Dementia UK..but also for yourself.

    You are a very special person..with a very special person by your side.

    My love and best wishes to you and Elaine this Christmas.

    Wishing you both a peaceful and healthy New Year.

    Love xx
  6. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
    Torquay Devon

    Thank you Gigi, and all the best seasons wishe`s to you and your family xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  7. Bluebury

    Bluebury Registered User

    Jul 21, 2010
    North Manchester
    Wishing you and Elaine a good year.

    One of your wishes looks to be possibly coming true (a way of earlier diagnosis) so maybe in the year ahead some of the other wishes will also come good. A cure would be wonderful and I hope for your sake as well as others living with Alzheimer's it is in the very near future.

    You say that you have more friends now - that is not our doing but yours! If you were not the outgoing, positive fighter that you are then the others on the forum would not respond in the way they have. You share so much and do so much it is an honour to know you.

    Good luck for next year and I continue to look forward to your posts.

  8. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    Your Christmas wishes could not be more appropriate for all of us Norrms. Have a lovely time with your lovely family. xx:D
  9. evedan

    evedan Registered User

    Mar 27, 2009
    HI NORRMS.....

    What lovely reading..you are credit to your wife Elaine and family!!!!You should write a book because you are so interesting in the things you say and do....

    Hope you have a good Christmas and i wish you all the best for 2011


    EVE :D
  10. JackMac

    JackMac Registered User

    Jun 26, 2010
    west midlands
    Hi Norrms

    I can't believe you lost 70% of your friends! how sad. Their loss though, not yours. With friends like that......well you know the old saying.
    I am hoping too that the way this disease is viewed will change and people like yourself will help achieve this. My mum hasn't told many people yet and I know if she had something else wrong with her she would have. It's not right.

    Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and New Year!

    lots of love to you all.
  11. susana53

    susana53 Registered User

    Have a very happy Christmas and a well earned rest.xx
  12. serena

    serena Registered User

    Jul 17, 2010
    Christmas Wish

    All warmest wishes to you and the family for Christmas and New Year from me and Mum here in snowy Hampshire. Here's looking forward to all your posts both here and on Facebook for 2011. What a star you are!:)
    Love and Light, Serena/Heatherxxxxx:)
  13. cragmaid

    cragmaid Registered User

    Oct 18, 2010
    North East England
    Norrms to you and your family I wish peace I wish joy and I wish you all the blessings that this season can bring. Merry Christmas my friend and Happy New Year.x
  14. sunny

    sunny Registered User

    Sep 1, 2006
    Thanks Norrms - the best of the season to yourselves and all on TP and a peaceful New Year.:D
  15. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
    Torquay Devon

    Thank you my friends, here`s to a happy and healthy new year xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  16. sad nell

    sad nell Registered User

    Thanks for your good wishes Norrms, Hope you have the best Christmas you can with your lovely family and that you keep up the good work next year in bringing AD out into the open. love Pam and Trev
  17. Jancis

    Jancis Registered User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Dear Norrms,
    What a lovely reflection on all your wonderful achievements.
    I have sent a PM.
    Love Jancis xxxxx
  18. ann vickers

    ann vickers Registered User

    Aug 22, 2009

    :)happy chirstmas 2 u and your family ,i ejoy reading your letters hope u have a very good new year love ann vickers
  19. BeckyJan

    BeckyJan Registered User

    Nov 28, 2005
    Hello Norrms, thanks for those beautiful words.

    My very best wishes to you, Elaine and your family - I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and for 2011 I hope there can be one or two miracles.

    I have said it before and I'll say it again :rolleyes: I think you are a very special person. Thanks for being here.
  20. larivy

    larivy Registered User

    Apr 19, 2009
    hi Norrms and Elaine wishing you both a very happy christmas and new year thank you both for all the hard work you have done through out the year love larivy

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