Today I'd like to tell you about another person who clearly has a great attitude, and certainly caught my attention. Andy McDowell who was diagnosed with Parkinson's, as a father he wrote an amazing poem entitled "Smaller" for his two beautiful little girls, describing the disease using simple language that young children can understand. It's not easy explaining to one's children about Parkinson's or any chronic condition. However, children are far smarter than we give them credit for, and if we take the time and trouble to explain in a language that speaks to them, they will comprehend quickly and the natural adjustments made in the family as the disease progresses, will be that much easier for all concerned. Again, it's all about education and informing everyone around you. It's not only the person diagnosed who suffers from Parkinson's ongoing effects, but the entire family. Take a look at this link and listen to a poem that touches your very heart.
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.