Another week has passed by, and as the warmer weather approaches, it's very pleasant sitting in the garden. My dog and I both suffering bone pain often sit together companionably in the garden, the sun warming our bones. A good friend kindly took me out the other day as I had small errands to run, and although after a couple of hours I was awfully tired, it was a good feeling to have accomplished something, however small. Often spending days upon end at home, getting out now and then is important. I didn't realise how seldom I was leaving the house till one day my husband took me out, and as I stepped through our front gate, I was astonished to see that a few changes to our road had been made. My husband amazed, looked at me asking "when did you last set foot out of the door?" We worked out I hadn't been out in eleven days! Although perfectly happy and content to stay at home, I realise it is important to venture out now and then. The National Parkinson's Foundation have instigated "Brain Awareness Week" (from March 11th - 17th) which is a global campaign to raise public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. They recommend 8 steps to a healthy brain: exercise regularly, eat a healthy balanced diet, give your brain a work-out, stay socially active, reduce any stress as much as possible, get enough sleep, ensure the best medications and supplements for your situation and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Sounds like good advice to 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.