About me

I have been writing poetry and stories since I was a child, and a love of reading was instilled in me from an early age. I am passionate about writing, and hope you enjoy the books I have written. Whilst most of you sleep soundly in your beds, like many Parkinson’s patients, insomnia dictates, so during those hours that sleep eludes me, the house is tranquil and quiet, an atmosphere perfect to immerse myself in writing. My life has been a series of strange events, which have without doubt contributed to my creativity. To publish anything is to bear one’s soul to the world. It is to stand naked and let everyone see who you really are. I have poured my heart and soul out on paper and I hope to share this journey, immersing you in a story, capturing your attention and firing the imagination. Through my writing and public speaking I hope to bring greater awareness to the general public about living with chronic disease.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The rippling effect

Nothing happens by chance or co-incidence. I was at a lovely function yesterday, and met a charming lady, with whom I had a wonderful conversation. I told her about writing the collection of Parkinson's poems and how this whole project has rapidly grown far larger than I would ever have dreamt. It turned out that she works for one of the large pharmaceutical companies who make one of the PD drugs that I take. Now you may think this was a random meeting, but I call it "fate"! Several weeks ago, I was invited to speak at a luncheon about "living with chronic disease whilst maintaining a positive and cheerful attitude", and during my talk, I mentioned how like throwing a stone into a pond, the rippling effect spreading outwards touches all those around. Yesterday, someone especially dear to me, said these very words to me, and yet she had not attended my talk, so had no idea I had said this very same thing to an entire audience. I don't know why I was destined to meet this lady from the pharmaceutical company yesterday - but maybe it's yet another ripple in the pond!    

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