Dr Jennifer Bute
Dr Jennifer Bute regards the dementia with which she was diagnosed in 2009 not as a life-shattering disaster but a gift – to use her words, “a glorious opportunity”. She is a remarkable individual who, despite facing many adversities, and supported by her strong Christian Faith, remains brimming with hope and gratitude.
It is a sign of her fortitude and determination that she was the first woman in Hampshire to become a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners – and this when she was already beginning to display symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
She says that her condition has enriched her life because she now knows the condition, not just as a professional, or as a relative (her father also lived with dementia) but from the inside. In 2018 her book, Dementia From The Inside, A Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope, was published and is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dementia-Inside-doctors-personal-journey/dp/0281080690/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=.
Her website http://www.gloriousopportunity.org/ contains a myriad of resources, including information on the fascinating Japanese Memory Groups that she runs at the dementia-inclusive retirement village where she lives in Somerset. Dr Bute also has a Facebook page, again called Glorious Opportunityhttps://www.facebook.com/gloriousopportunity.
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