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.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tulips – Parkinson’s symbol

At a flower stall I saw beautiful fresh red tulips, and as I looked up, smiling warmly the young stall holder handed me a small bunch. I said I wasn't buying flowers today, but simply admiring the colourful arrangement. He said the tulips were for me and there was no charge! I said “thank you, but couldn't accept them”, and then told him that the tulip is the symbol used for Parkinson’s. He hadn't known this, and picked up some anemones asking me if they were symbolic too. I told him I didn't know, and that not every flower is a symbol for something, but that anemones happen to be my favourite flower. At this he smiled and told me “Anemones must be for polite English women who don’t accept free flowers.” I think you can probably guess what happened next; I came home with a bunch of anemones! 

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