Christine Bryden was 46 when she was diagnosed with dementia, and in this book she recounts the emotional and spiritual rollercoaster she found herself on immediately afterwards. It provides unique first-hand insights into how it feels to gradually lose the ability to undertake tasks most of us take for granted, and is all the more remarkable because of Christine's unwavering positivity, and her deep sense that in spite of the dementia her life continues to have purpose and meaning. Originally published in Australia in 1998, the book includes a new Preface, a contribution from one of Christine's former colleagues and a new appendix in which Christine explains how the disease has progressed and how she is now. It also contains many not-before seen photographs of Christine and her family, from around the time of her diagnosis up to the present day. The prequel to "Dancing with Dementia", this book will be of interest to people with dementia and their families, friends and carers, as well as to dementia care professionals.