Today Sir Terry Pratchett died, surrounded by his family. Terry Pratchett was famous for his Discworld series – writing more that 70 books, translated into 37 languages over a career spanning 44 years. His books were amazing stories and if you haven’t ever had the pleasure I highly recommend “Going Postal” as a great place to start.
In 2007 he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease but continued writing – producing at least 7 more bestsellers, finishing his last book during the summer of 2014.
What I found most remarkable about him was the way he faced his diagnosis publicly. He had a lot of courage and showed people that it was possible to live well with dementia. His actions removed some of the stigma surrounding the disease and I believe reduced the isolation that people feel in the same situation.
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