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Tag: Friendship

A Brave Friend.

I have a friend who has PD. It makes him shake constantly. I feel he has it worse than me. His bravery is plain to see. I feel a fraud without such shakes. Ashamed of any fuss I make. His body suffers seismic quakes. I admire him for all he takes. My friend is young…

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Iron Versus Rainbow

I recall the loathing and fear That first day of school at age four. I just needed mum and dad near In tantrum I lashed out and roared. My head teacher dragged me inside That bright room of faces all new. In distress my eyes glared so wide I pondered on what I should do.…

The Lifeline Paradox

“They say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol. I am at my desk, as the clock fast approaches midnight, thinking about change.  Change is everywhere and it is somehow everything.  Ironically, change is a constant.  That is a fact that does not change.  No matter what is…

Beneath a Mexican Sky

When Paradise Calls.     It was May 1996.  I was twenty-four going on twenty-five years of age.  John Major was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and I felt like I had my whole life ahead of me.  I had spent half of January and pretty much all of February in Australia.  That was…

Rich Summer Dip

We love nothing better than to have good friends round for an evening of food, wine, chat and laughter.  One of our friends gave us a wonderful and very simple recipe for an incredibly tasty dip! It takes merely a few minutes to make and I guarantee that you’ll find it full of fresh summery…

Talking Parkinson’s

In the Parkinson’s community that is Parkinson’s Road; a Facebook based global support group that I write for and co-facilitate, the subject of communication between people with Parkinson’s and those close to them, arises frequently.  This is an incredibly important and complex subject and this post is just another brief aspect of a far bigger…

Naming the Writer

One of the aspects of being a writer that I am currently contemplating, as I sit at my desk with a cup of coffee, is the idea of a pseudonym.  I’m not wholly comfortable about publishing work in my own name.  I write this blog in my real name and that is okay but, at…

One Year On

Today is a day with some considerable meaning, for me.  It was exactly one year ago, today, that I met with my Neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  On that day I felt a mixture of relief at finally getting the clarity of a conclusive diagnosis after a twenty year search for answers, versus…

Taking a Meaningful Risk

“Depart from discretion, when it interferes with duty.” – Hannah More. One of the aspects of being a person with Parkinson’s, that others may not consider, is just how difficult it is to tell others that you have Parkinson’s; particularly those closest to you.  For some, the decision to disclose the diagnosis can be an…

We Stepped Through the Screen

Meeting people that you know online, in-person for the first time, can be quite daunting. Many people will be used to this scenario either through work or through online dating.   Last weekend, I was excited to be going out to a special event.  As my regular readers will know, I am one of a…