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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pets for Parkinson’s

Caring for a pet is known to be highly beneficial, boosting ones well-being, both mentally and physically, and is well worth the investment of responsibility and additional financial expenses. Blood pressure and stress levels are lowered significantly and a calming effect can be experienced by taking care of a pet. A dog in particular is a good choice, for a certain amount of simple training can bring great enjoyment to both owner and dog creating a special bond that is not possible with other pets. Dogs have the uncanny inbuilt instincts to know when their owner is not well, or in pain and stressed, and having a dog simply responding to your mood gives one a good feeling.  If you are well enough to take a dog for a walk, the immense pleasure not to mention the physical benefits of walking can help maintain or even improve your health. There is also the added bonus of meeting and talking with other people, as a dog is often a ‘social ambassador’ of sorts allowing you the opportunity to interact with other people that you may not have normally been able to. Playing with your four legged friend can boost ‘feel good’ chemicals in your brain such as serotonin and dopamine (very important to Parkinson’s patients!). So maybe this is why “man’s best friend is a dog”!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Elaine, Just wonderful. For me my Gerbils are my answer. I have two of them and I really love them a lot. I put their cage on the table and open it with my hands at the opening and they come out onto my hands and run all over me. From my tummy to my shoulders, on the back of my wheelchair and even on my head. When they come back down to my tummy I am able to stroke the little things witch gives me immense pleasure. I also have a Siberian Hamster called Jeffery only he bites but even so I love the little fellow. I like to hold him and examine his little hands and feet. So if you like animals get yourself some Gerbils or Dog or something else, its a guarantied suckses.