Over the years, my wife and I have had dinner with Will and Bella Doolittle a couple of times.
Their kids were the same age as our son so we crossed paths. We’ve been to their house for picnics and Halloween parties.
I’ve worked with Will for over two decades. When I was the sports editor, I would often bring my more ambitious stories to him to edit and give me feedback. I respected him as a writer and a person.
From what I know of Will and his wife Bella, it was not surprising after Bella was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s that wanted to do something to make a difference for others in the same predicament.
Over the last few weeks, they have tried a new form of journalism – a podcast. They just completed the second one.
Essentially, it is Will and Bella talking about her diagnosis, what it means to each of them and how they are dealing with it.
I guess this is reality newspapering.
Will has the unenviable task of acting as an interviewer of his wife. Sometimes a feel like Will is holding back and not asking the tough question. Other times, I smile as Bella turns the question around on Will catching him off guard.
But the subject matter is not meant to be entertaining.
It is serious and Bella shows us a casual honesty about her diagnosis and what she is going through.
The first podcast was a little over 30 minutes. The last one was just 22.
I urge you to tune whether you know someone going through the same thing or are worried about it yourself.
To listen to the podcast, click here.