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.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Never judge a book by its cover

Walking into a room full of people you don’t know is daunting for most of us, but when you have Parkinson’s the feeling is compounded. Most look the other way, hoping they won’t be introduced or get stuck talking with the person who shuffles and has difficulty walking. It’s clearly not a broken leg or a strained foot, for there is something else which they can’t quite put their finger on. Offered something to eat in this type of environment, I immediately decline. That’s all I need, to drop food, difficulty in cutting with a knife, or heaven forbid I should choke whilst trying to swallow. Being in this kind of unfamiliar surroundings with people you don’t know and who are unaware you have PD, is a nightmare and one I try to avoid like the plague. The tension and stress of the situation naturally exacerbates the Parkinson’s and my situation gets worse. Looking around at all the faces absorbed in conversation with each other, I sit by myself, and wonder if it had occurred to anyone that maybe, just maybe I might be an interesting and fun person to talk to. Never judge a book by its cover. I may very well resemble a book that’s worn and torn, a little worse off for wear, but I have a fascinating story to tell, if only you’d look my way and open a page!


  1. We will always love you no matter what - and you know who "we" are xxxx

  2. Ditto!!!!!!!!! love and hugs ROs and Tally xx