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, March 1, 2012

A new walker

One of my favourite things was walking our dog. Having Parkinson’s sadly this is yet one more thing I can no longer do and have had to come to terms with. I miss the leisurely long walks in the forest, rambling through the fields, strolling along the beach, and taking her with me where ever I would go. Walking is the by far the best exercise (or so they say) but having Parkinson’s and keeping as fit as possible is extremely difficult when mobility is limited. Our poor dog misses the walks and outings too, and after having her weighed at the vet recently, she indeed needs more exercise, as I was shocked by her weight. Mind you, in her defence, I do drop a lot of food whilst cooking, which she diligently devours – our vacuum cleaner on four fury legs!  So if I am to continue dropping food, our dog needs more exercise. I guess the upside of this is that she will keep the other members of the family in shape! Exercise is very important and I saw on the Internet the  Dashaway which is a new rehabilitative device designed by a Parkinson’s sufferer. At first glance it looks very much like a walker that you see in Retirement Homes, but from the pictures I can see  there are some differences. Keeping active can help slow the progression of the disease to some degree, and this ‘walker’ is being used as a rehabilitation device and for exercise, giving either full or partial support. See what you think, and have a look for yourself www.dashaway.net

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