Mum, 34, diagnosed with dementia after thinking symptoms were post-natal depression

Holly Braithwaite, 34, from Teesside, is thought to be one of the youngest person with Frontotemporal dementia in the UK after initially thinking she had postnatal depression

Holly Braithwaite with husband Alex
Holly Braithwaite with husband Alex

A mum was diagnosed with dementia after suffering with what she thought was postnatal depression – and doctors believe she is one of the youngest in the UK.

Holly Braithwaite thought the symptoms she had were related to the birth of daughter Alba in 2019 – or the thyroid issue she has.

But following scans and tests, the 34-year-old was told she had Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

“Broken-hearted” pals, Sophie Poulton, 33, and Kayleigh Spooner, 34, have been supporting Holly, reports Teesside Live.

Sophie, who now helps care for the young mum, said: “It took a while for Holly to get a proper diagnosis.

“After several different tests and scans it was confirmed it was Frontotemporal Dementia.

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Holly with Sophie Poulton and Kayleigh Spooner


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“We were so shocked when we heard it was a form of dementia.

“Holly’s so sharp, even now, she will know dates, birthdays, what we did on nights out when we were younger.

“That’s the surprising thing about FTD and some of these rarer forms of dementia. It’s not about memory loss and it can happen to younger people.”

Sophie and Kayleigh have recently completed an eight-mile charity walk, with more than 80 people joining the trek to raise £7,000 for Rare Dementia Support.

More than 80 people joined the trek to raise £7,000 for Rare Dementia Support


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The service was funded by The National Brain Appeal and it became a lifeline for Holly, husband Alex and her mother Chris following the devastating diagnosis.

FTD is an extremely rare form of dementia which causes problems with behavior, personality and language. It affects the front sides of the brains and can affect anyone, including people in their thirties, forties, and fifties.

Like other forms of dementia, there is sadly no cure. The Rare Dementia Support offers advice and a safe space for people with similar problems to meet.

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It aims to empower, guide and inform people who are living with rare dementia while also providing support to loved ones.

Sophie said: “The Rare Dementia Support team have been a godsend to those caring for Holly, offering their expertise and support to the family and so we knew we wanted to give something back.

“When Kayleigh and I went to Alex with our idea of ​​a fundraising walk, he suggested we do this for The National Brain Appeal who fund the service.

“We have contacted lots of people who know and love Holly to join us to celebrate her and to help raise money for the charity.

“We’ve also had support from people who don’t know Holly but just want to show they care. We really wanted to just make the day a good one, one that is full of fun and laughter, just the way Holly would like it.”

She added: “Holly’s condition is progressing faster than any of us anticipated. As family and friends we are doing all we can to support her and create a safe, loving and caring environment for her during this scary, confusing time.

“We are devastated and broken-hearted to see what is happening to our beloved friend. We know there is no cure and we just want to be there for her and do whatever we can for her, Alex, Alba, Chris and all the family .”

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