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Wife planning trip of a lifetime after dementia diganosis at 38

A woman from the UK is desperately trying to plan the trip of a lifetime, after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.

Laura Borrell
Laura Borrell

A 39-year-old woman from the UK is desperately trying to plan the trip of a lifetime, after being diagnosed with early onset dementia.

Laura Borrell was just 38 when she was told she was suffering from frontotemporal degenerative dementia – a disorder that’s usually found in the over 65s.

Recently married and studying for a law degree at the time of her diagnosis, Laura’s world came crashing down.

To make matters worse, Laura has also been suffering with Lupus, Ehlers-Danlos, APS and other complications as a result of the dementia, with her family saying she “desperately needs a break away to help her feel a bit more positive.”

It’s for this reason that Laura’s friends and family have started a gofundme page, to help Laura plan a trip and build some memories while she still can.

Family members are hopeful they can raise enough cash for Laura to go the US in time for her 40th birthday – and before she loses her ability to lay down memories.

She’d be accompanied by her devoted husband Philip, 41.

Writing on the fundraising page, her mother wrote: “It causes me much distress to see her suffer so much. We'd love to be able to fulfill her wish to go to the USA (she'll be 40 in December 2017) with her husband, hire a RV to have a trip of a lifetime. Any donation would be so gratefully received.”

Laura was sent for tests after she began slurring words, appearing forgetful and failing to recognise the voices of family members.

In a video update on her condition in October, her husband Philip explained that doctors were having trouble finding a treatment for Laura due to her young age.