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.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Narrative Medicine

Several people have asked me what narrative medicine is. I am simply a patient and will try to explain as best I can. 
A doctor who treats a patient’s medical problems merely as a problem to be solved, without taking into account the specific emotional and psychological state, along with any relevant  personal family history of the patient is doing only half a job.
Narrative medicine is the process of looking at the entire picture of those who are ill. Patients suffering disease need people around them who can fully comprehend and understand their disease, knowing the symptoms, side effects of treatments, the emotional ramifications that touch other members of the family, talking about long term prognosis, the worries and concerns any patient would have upon diagnosis, treating the patient as an individual person who has a name, and not merely an interesting case, supporting and accompanying the patient through their illness whilst also treating their medical problems.
If you would like to read what the expert Dr.John Launer has written on this subject, I’m sure you will find it interesting. 

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