Music has a powerful effect on us with the ability to change our mood quickly from feeling bad to being in a good frame of mind. Music can lift our spirits, make us smile, and if we allow it, touch our very soul. On one of the many times I have been hospitalized , I remember with great pleasure, a man with a violin visited the ward I was in. He went into each room and played beautifully for the patients. I could hear him getting nearer and nearer my room, as the music drifted down the corridor, it got louder, until finally I was treated to a private concert of my very own. On another occasion a local children's choir came to the hospital and with great enthusiasm and beaming smiles they sang cheery songs to the patients in each ward. To have such a treat, whether it be music or singing, really brightens one's day and the monotony of being hospitalized. If you can sing or play a musical instrument, why not give a little of your free time at a local hospital. I can assure you, your efforts will be warmly received and welcomed. I would like to thank anyone who has voluntarily entertained patients in this manner which can bring such beneficial effects, giving pleasure and delight to those who are badly in need of a little diversion. Speaking as a patient, it was an enjoyable welcome interlude and enormously appreciated. If you'd like to see something very cool that an orchestra did recently, take a look at this Flashwaltz performed at a hospital.
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.