Dame Barbara Windsor's Husband Confirms Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Dame Barbara Windor's husband has spoken out about his wife's Alzheimer's diagnosis.
Scott Mitchell told how the EastEnders' legend was diagnosed with the condition in April 2014.
Talking about the heart-breaking moment the doctor confirmed the illness, Scott told The Sun: "When the doctor told us, she began crying then held it back, stretched her hand out to me and mouthed, 'I'm so sorry...'
"I squeezed her hand back and said, 'Don't worry, we'll be OK'."
Scott explained that he had decided to speak out about the 80-year-old's condition in an unpaid interview, in a bid to set the record straight to protect his beloved wife.
He said: "Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it's becoming a lot more difficult for us to hide.
"I don't want it to come across that she's sitting there unable to communicate, because she's not."
"We're still going out for walks or dinner with friends and we still laugh together a lot. She loves going out and it's good for her - she comes alive. And of course, the public are naturally very drawn to her, which I don't want to stop.
"But as soon as we leave the house, I live in constant terror that she's going to say something, or suddenly have a panic attack, or get photographed when she's not looking right.
"I didn't want someone else to dictate how or when the diagnosis came out, so that's why I'm speaking about it now.
"I'm doing this because I want us to be able to go out and, if something isn't quite right, it will be OK because people will now know that she has Alzheimer's and will accept it for what it is."
My beautiful dear friend Dame Barbara Windsor is an amazing woman and I will love her and wonderful Scott for ever. We've been friends for so many years and they are strong and brave together. Sending so much love and thanks for all you do @alzheimerssoc- Gaby Roslin (@GabyRoslin) May 10, 2018
Alzheimer's is an illness that causes progressive mental deterioration, usually occurring in middle aged to older people.
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