The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, an Episcopal priest, author, and photographer was diagnosed with early onset dementia in November 2016. Although in the early stages of this disease, she made the decision to step down from her position as Dean of Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. In this forum, Tracey discusses what she has learned about spirituality, vocation and daily living in coming to terms with her illness. In her words,
“For as long as I am able, I intend to continue my ministry as a preacher and teacher. I also want to raise awareness and advocate for quality care for people living with thinking problems. I want to show the world that people with dementia are individuals and not caricatures of a disease. I believe that denial isn’t useful, honesty is important, early diagnosis can result in a higher quality of life, and transparency makes life easier for everybody involved. That’s how I am facing this disease.”
Tracey and her spouse Emily will be with us for an extended period this autumn, staying in the Cathedral’s tower apartment, and they would be happy to have individual conversations with anyone dealing with dementia – those living with it, care partners, family members, colleagues or friends.
09:45am in the Fleetwood Room.