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.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The "happy gene"

Many people have asked me how I keep so cheerful and positive whilst suffering chronic disease, so I will do my best to explain. When ill health strikes or tragic events occur, we often ask, "why?". Everything that happens to me whether it be good or bad, I tend to look at it as a lesson in life. If we let ourselves, we can gain strength, learn and grow from these experiences. One never realises the impact we have on other people's lives, by simple words of positive encouragement and support, which can change the course of someone's life. I have come to realise that life, although sometimes terribly short, has much to offer, and yet we often waste precious time on things that do not matter. Don't stress the small stuff! Many things have happened in my life, but not matter what is thrown my way, the human spirit is stronger than anything. So in answer to your question, and for use of a better word, my husband and I are fortunate to have "the happy gene". I realise that no such gene really exists, but this is as close to summing up the special 'factor' that makes us have a positive attitude, cheerful nature and the ability to see the glass half full.

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