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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Is Parkinson’s hereditary?

I have been asked many times if Parkinson’s is hereditary. I am not a doctor; simply a woman suffering from Gaucher and Parkinson’s disease, who is a writer, sharing my thoughts with you through this blog. As far as I can ascertain, there is no clear evidence and the jury is still out as to whether Parkinson’s is hereditary or not. My particular case is an unusual one, having other immediate family with Parkinson’s, an important fact to remember is we also suffer from Gaucher disease and a connection between these two diseases has been established. Although my family history seems to strongly suggest that in my specific case PD is probably hereditary, I do not want to give a false impression that Parkinson’s in general is inherited. I know of many people who have PD and no one else appears to be affected in their family. Until there is indisputable confirmation proving or disproving, no one can give a precise answer to this question that so many are asking. I'm sorry, but for now there does not appear to be a conclusive answer. 

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