It's funny some of the things people will come up and say to me. "You're a shaker" a woman abruptly told me, with a serious look on her face. I've heard fellow sufferers refer to themselves as being a "Parkie", but "a shaker" was a new one to me. Never having met this woman before, a little disconcerted at her comment, I replied "I do have Parkinson's, but the medications pretty much control the shaking." The woman shook her head in frustration and explained that she was referring to how I am passionate in speaking out, being unashamedly honest, and writing about every aspect of chronic disease. She congratulated me on my writing and told me I wasn't sitting still, quietly doing nothing, and to quote her - I was "shaking things up." I hadn't thought of it that way before - so I guess I am a shaker. Maybe that's why I gave my book the title of "Parkinson's, shaken, not stirred". Many have told me it reminds them of a well known line from the James Bond movies, as our handsome hero orders a martini, shaken not stirred. It's a little early in the day for a cocktail, but maybe later, as the sun goes down, my husband and I will sit on the patio together and have a drink.
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.