EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor heartbreakingly forgets who husband Scott Mitchell is as Alzheimer's advances
Barbara Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell shares that her Alzheimer's is now starting to erase memories from their 18-year marriage
Barbara Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell painfully shared that his wife has slowly started to forget who he is as her Alzheimer's advances. He fought to hold back his tears as he revealed that Barbara's Alzheimer's was taking away memories from their marriage.
Barbara and Scott have been married for about 18 years and he admitted this was his biggest fear ever since she was diagnosed in 2014. He spoke to 'Loose Women' and shared, "It happened the other week, I helped her out of the bath and she looked at me and said, 'I don't know who you are". Scott is about 25 years younger than his 81-year-old wife Barbara and shared that her personality had also changed and she had lost some of her popular and famous 'sparkle'.
"I’ve always said, something happened to her personality. It was almost as if, I’ve always felt some veil came over her. You think to yourself, ‘Well maybe she’s getting a bit older, she’s 81 now.’ She was in her early 70s then. So, I accepted that as part of the course," he added. He also addressed and shared that sometimes he loses patience with the consequences of the horrible and heartbreaking disease.
Scott said: "Obviously, the thing I think that most people who have a loved one with this illness will get is the testing, challenging thing of the repetitive nature of it. For instance, when you’re sitting there of an evening and maybe the same question comes at you, however many times, let’s see eight to 20 times in one evening, sometimes it’s hard to keep that calmness in your voice, to not show that you’re slightly irritated".
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"As much as you love someone, you’re human and you get to that point where you yourself may have had a day - I’ve got my own work to do, I’m thinking about Barbara - occasionally I show it," he continued. "And I’m always mortified afterward if I show it. I said to Jane in the interview, she won’t remember what I’ve said, but she’ll remember how I’ve made her feel," he added.
After getting permission from his wife, he made the interview appearance as she watched on from home. He revealed how he first managed to have a very difficult conversation with Barbara on the disease.
"At first when we had the diagnosis because I said to Barbara first of all, ‘You’re getting a bit forgetful and I think we ought to go and see someone because if there’s a bit of wear and tear maybe they’ll give you something that’ll help it’. I faced no resistance from her at all," he shared. "I was really lucky in that sense, she came along willingly. Deep down I didn’t think it was going to be what it was. I just wanted to be safe," he added.
It took around two years for a diagnosis and he painfully recalled how Barbara's first words to him were "I'm Sorry". Even though Barbara is fighting against the devastating illness, she did appear on camera over the weekend to help Scott promote his fundraising efforts and showed she still has her inner star quality.