Stunningly beautiful poem about dementia

We want to introduce to Glenn Merrilees, a 50 year old mental health awareness activist from Falkirk who has suffered with depression and anxiety on and off for the last 30 years. He sent us the following poem he wrote and we just had to share…

Dementia – A Love Story

Together thirty loving years
Our love grew every day
Dementia reared it’s ugly head
To steal my love away.

It started off with little things
I would joke and scoff
The rubbish in the dryer
The cooker not turned off.

I took her to the doctors
As all I did was fret
Diagnosis, overwhelming,
Sends shivers through me yet.

Emotions, they were everywhere
My heart about to break
Denial was my first response
This must be a mistake.

The little things grew larger
Day by day, grew worse
No longer could I deal with it
Dementia’s deadly curse.

They took her to a care home
They took my love away
To her I’m just a stranger
That visits every day.

No longer did she know me
She didn’t seem to care
Memories of yesterday
Were lost behind her stare.

Although she doesn’t know me
She doesn’t know my name
I am now a stranger
But I love her just the same.

The Angels, they were merciful
As they took her in her sleep
I know she’s in a better place
As I hang my head and weep.

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Glenn Merrilees

Hi, I'm a 50 year old mental health awareness activist from Falkirk who has suffered with depression and anxiety on and off for the last 30 years. I also volunteer on the Health and Social Care Alliance (Scotland) people powered health and wellbeing reference group.
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