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.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Difficulty in Typing

I was once a very fast typist, learning to 'touch type' at school, on an old fashioned manual typewriter, my speed was close to 100 words a minute. Today is quite another matter, as the dexterity of my fingers has been affected by Parkinson's and it's getting harder and more difficult to type. I have been writing this blog on a daily basis for over two years, but due to my health deteriorating, I may very well have to write less frequently. I knew this day would eventually come, and now that it's arrived, it's a hard pill to swallow.
Making this decision was not easy, but I can no longer keep up the pace I've been running at. Campaigning and being an advocate for two diseases takes most of my time and precious energy. Although undoubtedly it has kept me very busy with a project I am passionate about, giving my life purpose, I cannot ignore my changing circumstances. I need to conserve my energy, prioritise and concentrate on my family. I hope you understand, but this is a natural progression of the disease, as it is slowly removing my abilities, I have to be flexible and make adjustments in my life where necessary.
I will continue to write daily until the end of this year, but I need to make some alterations due to my changing medical circumstances. From the 1st January 2014 I will slow things down by posting on my personal blog just once a week, every Friday morning, and continue to write once a week as normal for The Huffington Post, in the hope this relieves some of the pressure I have been under and reduce the immense amount of time I spend at the computer.

Here is the link to my latest article on The Huffington Post: "Falling on Deaf Ears".

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