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, February 15, 2013

Blocking out disturbances

With many workers in and out of our house finishing the last bits and pieces, touching up paintwork, fixing small faults, I find the constant noise of them shouting at each other grates terribly on my nerves. Normally I cannot tolerate loud music, but desperate to drown out the disturbing sounds of workmen shouting, I put on Phil Collins - full volume - and it worked a treat. Unable to hear the men at all, I could ignore the fact that there were workmen everywhere. I am sure they must have thought this strange English woman who shuffles around the house must be hard of hearing. Little did they know that I was drowning out their voices. I'd rather listen to Phil Collins any day! I did try to sing along, but my voice has little power left, and I must have sounded like the cat that unfortunately entered our garden at his own peril and ended up being "played with" by our over enthusiastic dog! I have also found that listening to loud music, preferably with a good strong beat, (nothing soft like a lullaby) works at night too. If I've trouble sleeping due to Parkinson's and especially when I have unpleasant internal tremors, listening with earphones to loud rock music, literally makes my brain concentrate on something else, easing the symptoms considerably. My husband is delighted at this new found solution as he loves listening to music played loud. I'm not sure that the next door neighbours will be quite so pleased.  
Take a look at my latest article on The Huffington PostI wish you all a wonderful weekend.

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