Ever since my family decided that my memory was failing,
I have been labeled as having early stages of dementia.
What does that mean? If it is true at all then it certainly
is a distorting label. Purporting to predict
what might eventually develop/occur.

It is my own personal scarlet letter which
I must always bear. All my digital files
in the online medical universe contain this
barely supported and unchallengeable diagnosis.

It has robbed me of my authenticity
earned over decades of very hard work.
It makes a mockery of my loyalty to my family.

The most disturbing element is that any
resistance offered by me to the diagnostic
labelling is simply dismissed as resistance to
the alleged disease.