Yesterday it was my 50th birthday, and I had a wonderful day, thanks to all the efforts of my darling husband and daughter. I wont tell you what I had for breakfast, the most important meal of the day (so they say), for there were far too many calories to mention, so thank goodness a birthday comes but once a year! "That's not fair" I can hear you muttering, "what did she have for breakfast?" Now I've got you wondering what breakfast could be so bad, yet deliciously naughty, it deserves special place on one's birthday breakfast menu; I'll spill the beans. My family made me pancakes topped with mascarpone cheese and fresh strawberries. Breakfast doesn't get much better than this! Turning 50, although a significant point in one's life, doesn't worry or phase me. I have never attached much importance to the number of years - a person is as young or as old as they feel inside. Although suffering two chronic diseases has aged my body considerably, inside I'm still the fun young at heart person I once was. If you can see past my poor posture and shuffling walk, the masking that conceals my expression on occasion, and when tired slow speech which is hindered as if someone has turned my volume down, you'll find I'm here inside. Don't be afraid, or turn away in sadness, but celebrate life with me. I had a fabulous birthday, surrounded by close ones, people I love and who have played a great part in my life, whether they are aware of it or not. Thank you everyone for your good wishes, and to all those who made my 50th birthday a truly memorable day.
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.