Our drinking glasses have been disappearing slowly but surely leaving us with an odd assortment. I have lost count of how many I've broken, but thankful they have been every day ones and not good crystal glasses, which I avoid like the plague. We eventually decided it was time to replenish our poor non-matching selection and bought several different size glasses, all in the same style. What fits my small unsteady hand is far too small for my husband's. They stack one in side another which makes for easy storing and seem quite robust. Having Parkinson's makes one look at everyday things that possibly someone else would not give a second glance. We were at a café and ordered coffee, but when the coffee was served, the handle of the cup was so small, I could not fit a finger inside, and positioned in such a way that I couldn't grasp the slippery porcelain handle securely enough. I ended up cupping my coffee with both hands as if I was in freezing conditions on a mountain side somewhere warming my hands. I don't know who designs these "fashionable" cups but they are a Parkinson's nightmare. Simple things like cutlery can make a difference too, with thick handles, it is far easier to hold. My toothbrush for instance has a very thick handle, and any pen I write with, also appearing child like, has a thick body enabling me to grasp it a little better. When buying something like drinking glasses, cups, pens or your toothbrush, before you purchase make sure you hold it in your hand and see if it is suitable for you.
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.