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.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

World Parkinson Congress

Did you know that every nine minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson's disease! Just think of the rapidly growing numbers of sufferers, so the quicker we find a cure, the better life will be for millions of people around the world. The World Parkinson Congress is taking place in Montreal - Canada from 2nd till 4th October 2013. For three days, leaders in the field will be brought together from around the world giving presentations about current research, discussing latest medicines and best practices in care, also incorporating creative arts and patient/family perspectives. With such huge input from all sectors, the Congress offers great potential for dynamic ideas, networking, support, and should have a huge impact on professionals in the medical field along with patients and caregivers. The previous Congress was held in Glasgow - Scotland, but Canada is much further away, so unfortunately I doubt I'll be attending. Travelling long distances is very difficult for me, and although the Congress will be highly interesting and worthwhile; in my present condition, I would not be able to sit still for the many hours required listening to lectures. I presume that there must be many patients who like myself would love to attend, but are not in good enough shape to make the journey or endure a three full day Congress with hundreds of other people. What a strange scenario - a Congress especially for Parkinson's - and yet many patients may not be able to attend due to the very nature of this degenerative disease. Please take two minutes of your time to watch this on YouTube.

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