When I speak to people about Parkinson's, they immediately think of tremors or shaking. If they have a little knowledge of the disease, they may also know about the rigidity of muscles and general difficulty with movement. What I find is often overlooked is the fact that Parkinson's is a 'brain disorder', effecting the nervous system, which also includes biochemical changes that bring about mood changes. It seems unclear if depression, which affects roughly half of the patients, is due to suffering a chronic degenerative disease, or if it is actually part of Parkinson's itself. Statistics show that men are more prone to depression than women (87% men - 13% women). However it isn't just depression that I am talking about today, for there is a whole range of emotions that come into play.
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.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Parkinson's is a brain disorder
Posted by Parkinson's, shaken, not stirred at 7:00 AM