Today, I would love us all to send our good thoughts, to Barbara Windsor and her devoted husband Scott.
It was with a heavy heart that he announced the news to us all yesterday; that sadly, his wife has Alzheimer’s.
Having kept the diagnosis quiet for many years, Scott decided it was time to open up to her many fans, in the hope that they could better understand any strange behaviour when they see her out and about.
Scott, it can’t have been an easy thing for you to do, especially since you are worried Barbara may not remember your agreement on this matter and may become upset at a later date. Heart-breaking times.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with the couple many years ago and found them truly inspirational and a joy to be around. I know that they will continue to inspire us as they battle through this next, very trying, stage of their lives.
Barbara, you are and always will be a legend.
It is hard to find the words in times like this but all I can say, to possibly bring some comfort is…
That I hope that you don’t worry too much – when you forget things…
Because, there are a million or more of us out there, who will remember you perfectly, in so many fabulous, joyful and wonderful ways.
Those memories have staying power for generations to come and probably even longer.
I pray that this disease is kind on you and your loved ones.
All our love.
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