Comments : Dementia

  • 6 years ago

    by Ben Pickard

    I do hope someone nominates this poem; as it stands, I'm out of votes.

    *I have trouble remembering your name. (missed the 'r' in 'your')

    All the best, Hellon

    • 6 years ago

      by Hellon

      Thank you all for your comments, much appreciated. Thank you B1 for the nomination and thank you B2 and Em for picking up on my typos :)

  • 6 years ago

    by Naughtymouse

    Oh Hell Yes. Nominated, saved to favs. This is a Very emotional write Hellon and as usual, your standard is high when it comes to conveying something.

    I really love how you've set this write out too.

    I recently lost a family member who had dementia and have another very close with it who is trying to come to terms with it, she has it and is getting bad with it and she still has enough lucid moments whereby she knows whats happening to her and it upsets her every time she remembers it, when a family member passed away it was horrible to watch her remember that the person had passed maybe two or three times a day and get upset like it was the first time she heard it, it is a struggle and such a demonstrative and upsetting condition that I would not wish on anyone.

    I really hope this finds its way to the front page, A poem that is as well written about something like this deserves to be on the front page.


  • 6 years ago

    by CJ Maleney

    I think many people will be able to relate to this. My dad suffered with it in the later stages of his life. It's a horrible condition.

    Sending hugs


  • 6 years ago

    by Em

    Hellon, this really hits home to me as before I lost my Nan, I was visiting her for the week and one morning I got out of bed and she kept calling me Janet (my Mums name) I didn't realise what was going on at first then she went the shop for bread, came back with bread then 5 mins later went again for bread and was adamant she hadn't bought any when I said she just had. No doubt many others can relate too and I'm so glad this is nominated because it needs more recognition. I like the repetition of this is who I am because in my opinion it brings it home that their minds are a little jumbled.. A little typo on verbalize. I was going to write some long comment but its too emotional and personal.

    Take care and all the best,

  • 6 years ago

    by Ren

    This is such an emotional piece and so beautifully written!

    I've seen what this condition can do to patients and their families and it is extremely sad and so hard to deal with.

    Excellent work!

  • 6 years ago

    by ddavidd

    You internalized the experience that obviously is not yours by elevating your soul poetically to the collective souls.

  • 6 years ago

    by nani

    This must've been a tough one to write. Reading this piece alone was tough. I know and have known too many to count that have Dementia. Your loved ones are slowly slipping away from you. Keep writing! Very powerful piece.


  • 6 years ago

    by Koan

    You have touched upon a very tear-provoking reality that have become a part of our time... I guess that was the magical spell that brought your poem to the front page...
    Unfortunately I’m not here to praise your poem. After reading it for 20 times
    I’m confident to say that this poem should have never been on the front page!
    Not because it’s not better than the other two, but because you can do much better... Your poem should have reflected on so much more!!!! I really don’t need to or wanting to list all the possibilities

  • 6 years ago

    by Pagan Paul

    I'm hoping that this is poetic empathy rather than personal experience. Dementia is such a debilitating illness. Though from talking to people with early onset dementia the early symptoms can be very similar to panic attacks, a lack of awareness. Nicely expressed empathic write Hellon.

  • 6 years ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Mental illness is on the rise and I hope that in time there will be a Cure.

  • 6 years ago

    by Milly Hayward

    An excellent piece and a very well deserved win. You have portrayed the essence of dementia beautifully in this emotional snapshot. Well done. Milly x

  • 5 years ago

    by anand singh

    This piece hits close to home and brought back many memories of my Mom who passed away from the complications of Alzheimers and Dementia. A sad yet beautiful piece that describes the very essence of this terrible disease.