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, August 13, 2013

Frozen expression

"Masking" is one of the many annoying symptoms of Parkinson's but my family have now got used to the expressionless, almost blank staring look that occasionally takes over my face, with often one eyebrow raised, as if I am about to ask a question. My eyes barely blink sometimes and as a result they end up stinging and feel quiet sore. Masking can be very disconcerting to those who don't know I've got Parkinson's, giving them the impression that I'm just an unhappy cross looking woman. For those who know I've got Parkinson's, but are unfamiliar with this particular symptom, are quite confused until I explain, for they are unsure of my mood and what's going on. 

I had to laugh the other day reading what a fellow sufferer had written; because the masking effect makes one look depressed or in a bad mood, maybe this simply means that "Parkies" (as we fondly call ourselves) have upside-down smiles! Now if that's not looking at things in a positive light with a sense of humour, I don't know what is!

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