About me

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.

Friday, September 4, 2015


No longer steady and sporting the Parkinson’s shuffle as I walk, I suddenly am very conscious of how vulnerable I must appear. I hadn’t given it a lot of thought till recently. Less desirable parts of town that once I wouldn’t have thought twice about briskly walking with an air of confidence, now pose a threat. I’m beginning to understand why some living with Parkinson’s are reluctant to go out. Looking like an easy target, makes me feel distinctly uncomfortable.

I remember some years ago, my elderly mother had her purse snatched when a young pick pocket focused his attention on her. As he took hold of my mother’s purse he gave her a shove which sent her unsteady small frame to the ground. Thankfully she didn’t break anything, but was a little shaken and sported some nasty colourful bruises for a while. However a friend of hers who had her bag snatched, wasn’t so lucky, and when thrown to the ground, unfortunately broke her hip. Regrettably the elderly, infirm and disabled are sadly prone to being taken advantage of by unscrupulous persons who have no conscience.

With this in mind, I’m acutely aware of how easy it would be to fall or be pushed over in a crowded unsafe environment. Markets, busy streets with throngs of pedestrians,  or large gatherings; whether an easy target for a thief, or simply a casualty of overly  exuberant youngsters not paying attention – the outcome could be awful. So as much as I hate it, common sense tells me to steer clear of these possible dangers from now on. 

Sharing one's story with others when living with a disease brings greater understanding and general public awareness. Take a look at my article in The Huffington Post for maybe you too have a story to share. 

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