I was saddened to hear the news recently about Linda Ronstadt, an American popular singer whose renowned and loved songs I grew up with in the 70's, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2013. Sadly this lousy disease that steals many of our abilities and the things we love to do and excel in, has taken her amazing voice and ability to sing. For so many years she has brought joy around the world with her iconic songs and one of a kind voice which led her on a remarkable career. Unfortunately at the age of 67 Linda has had to retire for she can no longer sing due to Parkinson's. I can barely imagine how devastating an effect losing one's ability and an incredible talent that has been a life time's career must feel, but Parkinson's doesn't care if you are rich or poor, young or old, a regular person or someone famous. This unpredictable vicious disease knows no boundaries and steps in uninvited. There is one particular song that comes to mind when thinking of Linda Ronstadt; "Blue Bayou". Linda I wish you well, and may you have more good days than bad, and the support of family and friends around you. Thank you for all the wonderful music you brought into so many of our lives around the world over the years.
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.