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 9, 2012

Parkinson’s at work

I know of many Parkinson’s patients who try to hide their prognosis and continue working to the best of their ability. Any job that entails an amount of stress is going to eventually be detrimental to your health, for this is what Parkinson’s loves to feed on best, like a hungry beast; anxiety, stress and worry are its favourite delicacies. If you are able to continue working, try to lower the amount of pressure you are put under during the working day, by maybe delegating certain stressful duties to someone else, or changing roles within the working place (if this is possible). Keeping your diagnosis secret from work colleagues is understandable, for as soon as the cat is out of the bag, those who are ignorant, simply don’t understand what Parkinson’s is, and will suddenly look at you and treat you differently. However, being upfront and honest about one’s condition is the best route for you can’t hide Parkinson’s, or pretend it doesn't bother or interfere with your life. Don’t let anyone crush your spirit; thoughtless comments and ill-chosen words can really hurt and shake one’s confidence. But try not to take these things to heart for they are at fault and NOT YOU!

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