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, April 4, 2012

No need to shout!

Being in a wheel chair definitely puts you in a neat pigeon hole, of unmistakably being disabled. It’s almost like having a neon sign above one’s head indicating to all and sundry that your condition is serious. On several occasions, I have had the unfortunate experience of being totally ignored whilst someone asks my husband “what would she like to drink?” almost as if I'm not here. Why not ask me, I'm right under your nose? And should I have the good fortune to be spoken to, I look in amazement when someone speaks very slowly annunciating every word carefully, speaking extra loud as if I am stupid and hard of hearing. I can assure you I am neither! I find myself in a strange but probably common situation, for in a wheelchair I am ignored, talked about in the third party and clearly labelled disabled. Yet without my wheelchair, I look like anybody else, and people don’t realise or take into consideration how serious my condition is.

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