Last year, Nicole was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her husband, Hugo, candidly tells Radio2 how the disease affects their lives. “We’re going to make something clean out of it,” he says.
Today is World Alzheimer’s Day, on this day extra attention is drawn to dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form. Journalists Ann Reymen and Daan Masset paid a visit to Nicole and Hugo for Radio2.
Nicole started keeping everything in a notebook, but as soon as she couldn’t remember what those notes meant, the two knew there was more to it.
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Living with the disease is not always easy, Hugo confesses with tears in his eyes. Sometimes he loses his temper, but he realizes there’s nothing Nicole can do about that. “Sometimes I think: God damn that’s the fourth time she’s asked that“, he says. But the reactions on the street sometimes hurt him too. “I hate it when people on the street just talk to me and pretend she’s not there anymore.”
Anyone who knows Nicole and Hugo knows that they are real bon vivants and even the disease will not be able to put a stop to that. “Colleke is still alive and we are still doing everything we like to do.”
For example, the two still eat out a lot and they still travel to Saint-Tropez every year. That makes the two really happy. “We still do everything we like to do. After years of hard work, we benefit from life every day. We are also making plans for the future. We make it clean.”