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, July 26, 2013

Gardening considered therapeutic

I enjoy nature and being outside. In particular, I love flowers, and like pottering around in our garden. Although I don't profess to know that much, I somehow muddle through and the garden is blooming and flourishing. Having raised flower beds enables me to reach the plants without bending down, and everything that has been planted is hardy and requires little maintenance. Once outside, I can easily lose track of time, it's no wonder that at long last I have a little colour on me and I don't appear like a pale faced extra from a vampire movie! Not only does gardening bring me immense pleasure, but somehow it relaxes and calms me in a therapeutic way. An article was brought to my attention, that appeared in the "The Huffington Post" newspaper, reporting findings of how gardening can ward off depression and improve one's mood. According to a survey in Gardeners' World Magazine, 90% of gardeners think it improves their mood and are less likely to suffer from depression. So now you know where you can find me …. I'll be in the garden!

If you'd like to read something further, my latest article is now up on-line at The Huffington Post entitled "Living in the Slow Lane" which was inspired by a friend and fellow Parkinson's sufferer.

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