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, August 7, 2013

Put PD in its place

Parkinson's has no manners at all. It rudely intrudes without invitation, like the worst type of gatecrasher, who just refuses to leave. But fighting against this unwelcome guest is futile, and so I try to live "with" Parkinson's, but under my own rules. I will not let Parkinson's bring me down and destroy my spirit. I'm a fighter and will defiantly battle on. I have seen people give up, and once they have turned that dangerous corner where susceptibility welcomes hopelessness, it is a short journey to a place of no return.

Not that I believe in vampires or such, but indulge me for one moment, for I haven't lost my marbles and am going somewhere with this train of thought. Suppose a pale faced hungry vampire should turn up on your doorstep one dark night, you would no doubt grab a wooden stake and garlic to ward off such an undesirable visitor. I'm using this ridiculous scenario as an analogy, to express what you need to keep Parkinson's at bay. Keeping your spirits up, having support around you, remaining cheerful, hopeful, maintaining a sense of humour, along with taking the right medications at allotted times, eating a healthy balanced diet and doing some form of exercise that you can manage without causing harm, are all things we can do to slow down and even improve one's condition. A wooden stake and garlic won't help us at all, but Parkinson's hates anyone who is positive, so when the symptoms start to take over, tell Parkinson's to go take a hike!

1 comment:

  1. Elaine,
    You are so right on about a negative attitude and Parkinson's. The two together make for a very slippery slope of no return, almost like an avalanche.