Manchester United great Denis Law reveals he is suffering from dementia

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Manchester United legend Denis Law has revealed he is suffering from dementia.

He is the latest former footballer to be afflicted by the illness, with former teammate Sir Bobby Charlton was diagnosed with last year.

The 81-year-old ex-Scotland international released a statement this morning revealing the extent of his condition.

Law has been diagnosed with mixed dementia – a combination of Alzheimers and Vascular dementia.

In a frank message, he described in detail the symptoms he is suffering, saying: “It is an incredibly challenging and problematic disease and I have witnessed many friends go through this. You hope that it won’t happen to you, even make jokes about it whilst ignoring the early signs because you don’t want it to be true. You get angry, frustrated, confused and then worried, worried for your family, as they will be the ones dealing with it.

“I recognise how my brain is deteriorating and how my memory evades me when I don’t want it to and how this causes me distress in situations that are beyond my control. I do understand what is happening and that is why I want to address my situation now whilst I am able, because I know there will be days when I don’t understand and I hate the thought of that right now.

“I have good days and bad days and aim to take each day as it comes adjusting my lifestyle accordingly. I hung up my football boots a long time ago and now it’s time to put my signing days behind me too, so apologies to anyone who has sent me anything but I am just not able. I am trying to be positive and determined to continue watching my club, Manchester United at Old Trafford, hopefully this will be a season of success and I am excited by the new signings that Ole and the club have made.”

Law’s daughter, Di, is completing the ‘The Thames Bridges Trek’ on September 11 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

He added: “I don’t want people to be saddened if I forget places, people or dates because you need to remember I enjoyed all those memories and I am lucky to have experienced what I have in my life.”

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