Nadia Sawalha has revealed she would ‘end her life’ if she was diagnosed with dementia.
In a tense discussion about whether it is right or wrong to divorce your partner if they are diagnosed with dementia, Nadia revealed she would never want her husband, Mark to have to take care of her.
Instead, she would "end her own life" if she was to be diagnosed with the condition, a confession which sent shockwaves around the Loose Women panel, as they asked her more about what she thought.
Nadia said: "It really, really frightens so many of us, there’s so much about dementia and Alzheimer’s, it’s like everything we open, we’re reading about it. I can’t imagine what it must be like.
Nadia said she and her husband have already discussed this scenario
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"I have an almost irrational fear about it, I’m so petrified at the thought. What if Mark had to look after me, I don’t want him to look after me, I really, really don’t, I don’t want him to.
"I’ve said to him, we’ve had the conversation that if I was to be diagnosed, I would end my life. With dementia."
At this, Jane Moore jumped in to suggest that people with dementia have different moments of lucidity, and surely there are moments when a partner would recognise the person they married.
But Nadia was adamant in her position, adding: "But I would be frightened.
She explained how she wouldn’t want her husband taking care of her
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"I wouldn’t know when I’ve crossed over from that, and Mark says to me, ‘what about those vows, in sickenss and in health?’
"But I just can’t take that on."
Throughout the debate, Ruth Langsford and Coleen Nolan also spoke out about their personal experiences with dementia, as both of them have parents who had the condition, though Coleen admitted she and her siblings had very different ways of reacting to her mother’s condition.
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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