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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Cover Story

Many have asked what the picture is on the front cover of my book “Parkinson’s, shaken, not stirred”. Family and friends know, but after recent events I thought I should maybe share it with you all. The photo is of a lemon blossom from my lemon tree in our garden. This tree was bought for me several years ago by one of my brothers. He suffered from Gaucher disease and later on in life was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Sadly having PD for just several years, he passed away too young at the age of 63. He was very successful in his work, but his job was extremely stressful. After experiencing personally last week what emotional stress can do, exacerbating Parkinson’s at a frightening speed, I am beginning to understand how and why he deteriorated fast going downhill so quickly, that even surprised doctors. Now you know why I put a photograph of lemon blossom on the front cover, representing a personal and silent dedication to my brother. I hope he is in a better place now, pain free, and without the restraints and suffering of disease. He is very much missed.

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