Sitting in a café with a fellow Parkinson’s sufferer, the scene must have appeared somewhat comic to onlookers, who probably didn’t understand why the two of us could not sit still, as we continuously wriggled and moved in our seats. My daughter put an alarm on my mobile phone reminding me to take my pills, and whilst chatting with this lady, the alarm started to chime. I excused myself whilst turning the alarm off and took my 11:30 a.m. pill. A few seconds later, the lady’s alarm also began to ring on her mobile phone, for the very same reason. We had to laugh at the irony of two women meeting for the first time, and finding that we share much in common due to Parkinson’s, including medications and even down to the time of day they should be taken, which have been helpfully programmed by family into our mobile phone’s alarm. So I now have an 11:30 a.m. buddy!
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.