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.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Cabin fever

When one is disabled, chronically ill,  or simply unwell for a prolonged period of time, the four walls of one’s home can start to close in; looking at the same view day in day out gets a little tiresome, no visual stimulation, isolation and a feeling of claustrophobia sets in, or as some would call it: “cabin fever”! It is vitally important to have a small outing now and then, to spend a little time outside the confines of one’s own home. Even just a trip to a local café can save one’s sanity and leave one feeling almost refreshed. It’s a fine line to tread, staying active and busy, whilst taking care to rest and not over do things. I plead guilty to “do what I say and not as I do”, for in recent weeks, I have overtaxed myself, and am now paying the price. I was given some very sound advice the other day from someone whose husband had Parkinson’s, and therefore understands all too well my current condition. I realise that I have done too much and must now take things a little easier, slow down and get lots of rest. Realising ones limitations and ever changing circumstances with a degenerative disease and coming to terms with a lifestyle change are all part and parcel of any chronic disease.

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