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.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Parkinson's doesn't discriminate

Parkinson's does not discriminate; it's not perturbed if you're young or old, rich or poor, what religion and background, or the colour of your skin. Parkinson's isn't bothered who you are, and like a school class bully, with no rhyme or reason, randomly decides who to victimize. To be diagnosed with Parkinson's is life shattering news, but early detection can make a big difference, especially regarding medications that work best when administered in the early stages, enabling optimal effect. Appropriate physical activity, should immediately become a part of one's daily routine, ensuring that mobility, range of motion, muscles and bones along with a healthy diet; all of which will give your body the best possible scenario to fight this disease that uninvited, crept into your life, hoping to cause chaos. Don't let it! Do all you can to keep this bully in the principal's office.
There appears to be a fairly new diagnostic imaging technique, and although still in it's early stages, this is exciting news. Hopefully in the near future, the system will enable accurate early diagnosis, instead of patients having to wait until the disease begins to manifest itself sufficiently, enabling a neurologist to ascertain a correct diagnosis. Early detection is the key. I was fortunate to be diagnosed very quickly, just three months from when the first tremors started in my leg. As I have explained before, my particular case is a little unusual, as my father and one brother, having Gaucher disease also had Parkinson's, clearly a hereditary connection in our family, making my diagnosis obviously that much faster. The imaging test which is still in its infancy, but sounds like it has much potential if used alongside clinical exams and family medical history, might be able to differentiate between the various PD syndromes. If you are interested, take a look at The Science Daily.

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