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.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mental Health

All chronic diseases have various elements, one being mental health issues, which often get overlooked, especially when the physical symptoms of chronic disease can be so disturbing and clearly visual. I think it is important, as a patient and even more so as a caregiver, to try and be aware of mood changes, noticing alterations in character, and any anxiety or worried thoughts which may actually cause physical distress. It is imperative for Parkinson’s patients to remain as calm as possible, in a stress free environment, but clearly living in today’s world, this is not always feasible. However it is essential I believe, to at least be aware of the situations or times that make you more anxious, and see if anything can be done to alleviate these moments. Depression should also be taken seriously and if signs appear of sadness and a general lack of interest, this is a very common and normal symptom of Parkinson’s. Do not be embarrassed to discuss these matters of mental health with your family or your doctor. There is nothing shameful, and with a wide range of medications on the market today, a suitable solution may be found and alleviate this symptom. Parkinson’s has so many different unpleasant symptoms and speaking as a sufferer who experiences a full array personally; if you have the ability to remove even just one symptom– it could make a real difference to your quality of life. 

1 comment:

  1. Dear Elaine,
    Well said and as you say very important. Depression, anger, sadness, jealousy, and any other negative feelings are bad and in the end can affect your health. On the other hand happiness laughter love and affection can do the body a lot of good and even cure complaints. This is why it’s so important to have a happy gene. Have a very happy day.