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, April 5, 2012

Disabled friendly home

Living in a small apartment, we found ourselves thinking ahead to future years, and although not wanting to sound pessimistic, one has to be realistic. As the years pass we all grow older, therefore sensible planning is crucial making one’s home comfortable, easy to maintain, taking into consideration old age, and in our case, my physical limitations and disability. We searched for some considerable time trying to find a home that would fit all our requirements, but this was a tall order to fill. We were unable to find a home in our area that had no steps leading to the front door, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom on the ground floor (with no bath – just an open shower stall), easy access to the garden, and hallways and doors wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. There are also many other small details, but important when planning ahead, such as light switches that are conveniently placed at a low enough point that can be reached should one be in a wheelchair. Talking with other disabled people who have remodelled or built their homes especially designed around disability, are a fountain of good advice and information. There are also official bodies, and architects who specialise in planning living accommodation with special needs in mind. The more information and ideas you manage to glean from others will ultimately make your home as comfortable and suitable as possible.

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