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.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Keeping up appearances

Speaking to friend who is in the fashion business, she gave me some invaluable insights and much food for thought. Having difficulty with zips and buttons makes any Parkinson’s patient opt for the ever faithful tracksuit. Easy to slip on and off, and undoubtedly comfortable, yet I think we’d all agree, lacking in style or elegance, its shapeless form held up by an elastic waistband leaves much to be desired. If you really have no choice other than to wear a tracksuit at home, then at least splurge and buy yourself a super glamorous one. It’s easy to fall into bad habits when disabled and spending much time at home, dressing poorly, unkempt hair, not bothering with make-up, and manicures and pedicures all become a thing of the past. Just because one is chronically ill, there is no excuse to look shabby! In fact, it becomes very important to make an effort to look good. It can boost your morale, and certainly keeping up appearances will help preserve ‘you’ in the eyes of your family and friends, even if this show is merely a fa├žade.

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