Manchester United legend Denis Law has revealed that he has been diagnosed with ‘mixed dementia’. It has now been reported that he wishes to be open about his health and the condition. Law has disclosed that he is already suffering symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, which have caused him distress, but he is eager to address the situation while he still has the ability to do so.
In a lengthy statement shared by the club, Law said: “I am at the point where I feel I want to be open about my condition. I have been diagnosed with ‘mixed dementia’, which is more than one type of dementia, in my case, this being Alzheimer’s and Vascular dementia. This has been an extremely difficult year for everyone and the long periods of isolation have certainly not helped.”
“It is an incredibly challenging and problematic disease and I have witnessed many friends go through this. You hope that it won’t happen to you, even make jokes about it whilst ignoring the early signs because you don’t want it to be true. You get angry, frustrated, confused, and then worried, worried for your family, as they will be the ones dealing with it.”
“However, the time has come to tackle this head-on, excuse the pun. I recognize how my brain is deteriorating and how my memory evades me when I don’t want it to and how this causes me distress in situations that are beyond my control. I do understand what is happening and that is why I want to address my situation now whilst I am able because I know there will be days when I don’t understand and I hate the thought of that right now.”
“I know the road ahead will be hard, demanding, painful and ever-changing and so ask for understanding and patience as this will not be an easy journey, especially for the people who love you the most.”