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.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The bright side of life

My husband and I (this sounds like the beginning of the Queen's speech) always try to look on the bright side of life. I think one of the things that attracted me to my husband all those years ago, is his sense of humour, and ability to make me laugh. I was laughing so hard yesterday my sides were aching. If I were to repeat what made me laugh so much it probably wouldn't sound funny today, but being able to joke and be silly in each other's company keeps us young at heart. Have you ever met someone who is your age, and yet seems so much older, or the other way around? I think it's all about attitude, and if you remain young spirited, this helps get you through tough times. It doesn't matter how old you are in years, but how young your spirit is.

I talked of the importance knowing first aid in my blog on 19th July, and yesterday I came across a marvellous "flash mob" dance by a group of firefighters, demonstrating saving lives with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). What caught my attention in particular was that they were using the famous Bee Gees song "Stayin Alive" to instruct people how fast one has to perform compressions to the chest by staying in beat with this particular song. When I took a first aid course some years ago, during one of the sessions we were taught this method using the very same, rather appropriate song. I'm sure the Bee Gees had no idea when writing what has become an iconic song from the disco era, it would end up being used to save lives. Take a look at this marvellous clip of firefighters who put their lives on the line every day for their community.

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