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, August 28, 2015

Get Well soon

A very common phrase, that literally rolls off the tongue “get well soon”, meant with sincerity, but in certain circumstances is inappropriate, particularly when a person isn’t going to make a recovery. Have you ever felt awkward unable to think of what to say?

Not knowing what to say often leaves people uncomfortably speechless, and in some cases resulting in avoiding altogether the person with declining health. I believe it’s always better to say something rather than nothing, no matter how lame or cliché you think it may sound. I can assure you, receiving some reaction or comment is very much appreciated, rather than silence and being ignored.

Having someone deliberately avoid you because they are embarrassed and don’t know how to handle the situation is unfortunately more common than you’d think. I’ve experienced this personally and had someone turn the other way, knowing full well they’ve seen me. I couldn’t believe how a person could be so cold and lack empathy. No response can be most hurtful, so no matter how hard you may find it searching for the right thing to say, just stop and think a moment how you would feel were the shoe on the other foot.

Making a good impression and leaving one's mark is something we all aspire to. However there are times when it's best not to leave a mark. Take a read of my article in The Huffington Post.

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