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.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Voice Therapy

At a local hospital, speech therapy courses are held especially designed for Parkinson’s patients. Someone commented on how my voice has improved over the last number of months in volume and strength, speaking sometimes slowly but clearly. I have found that public speaking has unwittingly been helping, and with the amount of talking I do, wherever I go, it’s as if I am doing my own speech therapy every day. Standing in front of an audience, no matter the size, I immediately straighten up, trying to hold my shoulders back, allowing my lungs to fill completely to project my voice, forcing myself to speak and annunciate clearly. I am resolute in getting my message across and I want to make sure I’m heard and understood. I have always been a bit of a “chatter box” (my mother used to say it is inherited!) so I apologise to those who know me and have to endure my non-stop chatter. 

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