Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Robbed of Her Day to Day Life at the Cruel Age of Just 39

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Robbed of Her Day to Day Life at the Cruel Age of Just 39

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Byline: Craig Thompson Reporter

DEMENTIA has robbed a mum of her everyday life at the cruelly young age of just 39.

Kelly Watson's world has been turned upside down by the rapidly-progressing condition. e mum has been forced to give up her home and job and move back in with her parents as doctors [euro]ght to [euro]nd out exactly what is wrong with her. Kelly's mum, Moira, 62, said: "At [euro]rst they just thought she was depressed and anxious, but I knew there was something more wrong.

"I felt it in my gut, believed she was suering from some type of dementia.

"I begged people for help but they didn't listen, they just kept telling me she was too young to have it."

" Now Moira is hoping to send her daughter to a specialist clinic in London in a bid for the family to[euro]nally get the diagnosis they have been waiting years for.

e grandmum is also calling for more to be done to speed up the diagnosis of early on-set dementia so that suerers can get help faster.

She said: "It took years before they even diagnosed dementia. "If we hadn't have pushed for scans, they would still be saying she was just depressed."

Kelly, now 41, [euro]rst started having problems about three years ago when she was struggling with her speech.

Sometimes stuttering, she would struggle to [euro]nd the words she wanted.

" en there were problems with her co-ordination," said Moira.

" e way she walked, she would often bump into things.

"She would fall and even banged her head o a radiator."

" Despite repeated visits to GPs, it was never suggested that Kelly could be sering from a form of dementia.

But Moira, of Leam Lane in Gateshead, believed her daughter needed a brain scan.

She said: "For about a year and a half I begged them to give her a scan.

"I felt there was just something not right and Kelly's condition was getting worse."

Kelly, mum to 17-yearold Holly, "loved" her job as a clerical ocer in the civil service in Longbenton, North Tyneside, but started to struggle at work around three years ago. …

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