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.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Knowing when to stop

How does one know when it's time to stop driving? The loss of independence and pride often get in the way of making this very difficult decision. I have the greatest respect for an uncle of mine who decided on his own, at a fairly early age, to stop driving. No one prompted or suggested this to him; it was his own decision. Many people, in particular men, (sorry guys, but it's based on statistics) don't have the courage to accept with age their eye sight, especially at night, along with slowing reaction times and depth perception are no longer what they used to be. The thought of causing an accident, hurting oneself or worse still, endangering others is too awful to think of. 

If you are questioning should you still be driving, and that little voice in your head is telling you it's time to sell the car; listen and pay attention. It is far less painful and humiliating to accept this change gracefully if you make the call, rather than wait till its too late, maybe having caused an accident and being officially informed by a doctor or the Ministry of Transport that you are no longer permitted to drive. Doing the right thing is not always easy, but when it comes to safety - think long and hard.

Owning a car is a huge expense and what with the upkeep and ever rising prices of petrol, if you no longer work, it can actually be less expensive to take taxis when you need to go somewhere.

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