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, September 16, 2012

Handle with care

I've always had difficulty in travelling, especially flying, sitting in cramped conditions, almost unable to extricate myself from my seat, particularly when the passenger in front of me decides to recline and sleep practically in my lap. As with a good bottle of Merlot wine, I do not travel well. However, I'm starting to think that I should have a label around my neck, not dissimilar to Paddington Bear, (a children’s much loved fictional character) who wore a label that read “please take care of this bear”, but my label would say “handle with care”. I have an old dish in the shape of an apple that has been cut in half that I use to put honey in when serving at the table, but noticing a slight crack in the fine bone china, I am hesitant to use it. It’s still lovely, holds sweet memories of all the years I have used it, but now in its delicate state, I handle it with care. My old china bowl and I are no longer shiny and new, and our glorious youth is in the past, but we’re still here, and continue to bring a smile to those around us. Life doesn't stay the same, it is constantly changing for us all, but I hope and wish that life remains sweet; may you follow your dreams, be blessed with good health and find the peace and happiness we all long and search for. 


  1. Beautifully expressed, Elaine. Thank you and the best to you and those whom you hold dear, also.

  2. The best concise description I have read. I hope that someone from the airline will read this and organize an upgrade to business class for you on your coming trip.

    Jill S.