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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


A friend and fellow Parkinson's sufferer, who is a smart woman often says things that are so pertinent; both of us unfortunately understanding the other only too well as this lousy disease runs riot. I was thinking I would never have had the pleasure of knowing her, were it not for Parkinson's. As I've said so many times before, there's a silver lining to everything - you've just got to know how to find it. Living with any illness, having contact with fellow sufferers is invaluable, and I hope my friend doesn't mind, if I share with you something she said the other day which struck me immediately, as it encapsulated Parkinson's perfectly. She succinctly put PD in a nutshell by saying:  "The only predictable thing about this disease is it's unpredictability." I don't think you can put it better than that!

I was at the bank last week, and having to sign papers, I noticed the tiny box on each page where one is supposed to sign. The clerk handed me a pen and apologised for the space being so small. I smiled to myself as I could immediately see the silver lining here, in a bank of all places, signing papers! Thanks to one of the many peculiar symptoms of Parkinson's, micrographia  (abnormally small handwriting that is difficult to read) meant I was able to fit my signature with no problem into the small box allocated. The clerk doesn't know how lucky she was that I was very tired that day, otherwise she would have been subjected to a quick lecture, my usual performance of educating a total stranger about Parkinson's.

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