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.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Helpful Parkinson's Tips

I was handed a pen the other day, a little ugly being rather thick and chunky with a nasty rubberised coating. As ungainly and child-like in its appearance, it was surprisingly very comfortable to hold and made signing my name much easier. I will now be on the lookout for similar pens. This made me think of my toothbrush which is thin and elegant making it difficult to hold. Replacing it with a rather fat robust handled toothbrush again makes things just a little easier. We were choosing a new tap for the kitchen, and the fashion here at the moment is extremely modern, almost futuristic with a tiny thin spindle to turn the tap on and off. Immediately seeing this, I remembered the advantages of having a thick pen and toothbrush and asked the sales assistant for a more robust thicker handle. With a look of disapproval he hastily told me those were out of fashion, but when I explained I had Parkinson’s and why I needed a chunky robust lever to turn the tap on and off, he showed us last year’s models which were perfect. It’s amazing how these little things can make a difference. If anyone has other ideas or suggestions, please do let me know, and then we can all share this helpful information.

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