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.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Some find honesty refreshing, whilst others may cringe, finding it a little too much to bare. Being totally honest means telling the entire truth, revealing oneself and letting down any barriers or guards. At first you may feel vulnerable and worried what others think. But you can rest assured, whatever you are thinking or feeling, someone else is experiencing the exact same thing. By being open and speaking out, you enable others to come forth and it's a feeling of liberation. Keeping one's health issues secret, whether you are in denial or simply a very private person, will not ease your situation. I'm not suggesting for one moment that you tell all and sundry or alert the media, but to your family, close friends and most importantly your doctor - honesty is the best policy! I was in two minds whether to share my poem "Beacon" (blog written on 14th May) which as I explained was written in a moment of despair. Fortunately I don't have too many of these low moments, but after giving it some serious thought, I felt compelled to put it in my blog. I received numerous responses via e-mail, and concerned phone calls from family and friends (sorry to have worried you!) but one thing it proved - was that I am not alone. Do you know how many of you out there have the same thoughts on occasion?  Suffering Parkinson's or any degenerative disease is hard, and putting a brave face on, keeping positive and cheerful isn't possible 24/7. There are bound to be occasions when one feels down and this is only natural. The important thing is that these are fleeting, and that you are able to bounce back. 

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