Episode 5 - Willpower

Veronica Williams-Laing. Photo: Ben Gilbert/Wellcome Collection

Veronica Williams-Laing. Photo: Ben Gilbert/Wellcome Collection

‘I believe in my willpower. So many places I get lost and if I don’t sit and remind myself in the morning before I leave the house - you got to do this and do that and come back home…you got to use your willpower to remember to do your thing. Even if you have to make two or three trips. You’re not going to get up off your bed if you don’t have the willpower - I’ve been there.’

Veronica Williams-Laing’s willpower got her through tougher times when she came to the UK at nine years old, and she has harnessed this in the face of dementia.  

Presented by Susanna Howard, Music by Hannah Peel and edited by Erland Cooper. 

Object featured: Alexandra Georgiou, The Dowry, 2011-2015. Credit: Wellcome Library