I would like to introduce you this week to a few people who have inspired others with their determination, fighting spirit and tremendous courage. What do all these people have in common? I think you know the answer to that. They all live with Parkinson's disease. I say "live with Parkinson's" for this is what they appear to be doing; living their lives, making the best out of what they have been dealt, and giving the world role models - imparting an important message of hope. The human spirit can be powerfully strong despite one's physical weakness. Today I would like you to meet Brian Grant, a former NBA Rookie All Star who was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 36. Not only is 36 very young, but just imagine for one moment an athlete who relies on his healthy strong body, how devastating and life changing diagnosis must have been. Yet here he is climbing a mountain with other Parkinson's sufferers. With determination and true grit they "power forward" and made it to the top. Brian, you are an inspiration to us all. Click on this link to see Brian's story for yourself.
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.