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, July 4, 2013

Independence Day

It is clear what the 4th of July signifies to anyone in the United States; Independence Day, celebrated with families coming together to share in a special meal, parties and fireworks, a nation remembers its past and looks forward to a bright future. Independence day can mean a number of things to different people. Recovering from surgery, the day one is able to go to the bathroom by oneself may sound insignificant, but is a huge step forward in recovery and giving one back the feeling of independence. Having a car modified for a disabled driver, the vehicle literally becomes the legs of a person enabling not only independence but a sense of great freedom. For someone highly disabled and wheelchair bound, the difference between a regular wheelchair where someone is required to push, and receiving an electric wheelchair in its place, again the independence gained is huge and increases the quality of life considerably.

Whatever independence day you are celebrating, whether it be a National Holiday or a more personal achievement, enjoy your freedom and treasure your health - a precious gift which is often taken for granted.  

You'll have to forgive me this morning for my short blog. If you'd like to read a little more, take a look at my article on The Huffington Post regarding independence and what it means to different people.

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