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, May 9, 2012

Hot & Cold Flashes

One normally associates hot and cold flashes with the menopause, but this temperature sensitivity can be another symptom some Parkinson’s patients experience. Of course unlike menopausal flashes that will hopefully diminish over a period of time, Parkinson’s flashes appear to stick around for good. When I first experienced these irritating hot and cold flashes, I put it down to menopause, but after speaking to several patients who encounter the same thing, I see I'm not alone. A healthy woman experiencing a hot flash can at least whip off a layer of clothing with ease, but when you have Parkinson’s, removing one’s clothing quickly is not always possible. I frantically struggle and wriggle trying to extricate myself, sometimes in desperation my clothes end in a frenzied tangled mess requiring assistance. It’s as if my body temperature gauge has gone awry.I tend to now wear layers, so that clothing can be removed or put back on again with relative ease.

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