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, August 8, 2012

Disabled toilet

I was out with my husband, and needed to use the bathroom. There was one for gentlemen, one for ladies and a separate one for disabled. I opened the door of the disabled bathroom, and although it was spotlessly clean and well maintained, whoever had put the fittings in, had no idea of what disability entails. If you’ll forgive me for being graphic, whilst sitting on the toilet, I realised I could not reach the toilet paper. It was awkwardly positioned towards the back of the toilet and even a healthy person would have to twist like a contortionist to reach it. When I washed my hands, the mirror was set so high, that I could not see my face at all. The paper towels were in a metal box with a handle that you turn at the side. The box was also placed incredibly high and just out of my reach. This bathroom was made with the best of intentions, but no experience or thought was applied as to who would actually be using it. I could almost do a survey now on public bathrooms for the disabled, giving star ratings. Unfortunately this particular one rated very poorly indeed!


  1. I hope you notified the establishment of their faux pas for future usage of their patrons.

  2. Interesting. You'd think before investing the money to build this bathroom the owner would have had a professional consultation to go over specific standards for special needs facilities. Sad.

  3. I also encourage you to tell establishment that their definition of a bathroom for the disabled is not close to being correct. It is a sad state of affairs!