Being a Case Study

I arrived with a good twenty minutes to spare.  It had started to rain, as I drove into the tiny double-level car park.  I found a little bit of chaos going on.  The car park was full, with no sign warning drivers that there were no available spaces.  Cars were still driving in.  Some drivers […]

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Doctors in Training

It’s 1am and I am sitting at my desk in quiet contemplation.  In a little under ten hours, I will be the focus of attention for a number of Junior Doctors who are in training.  I have been invited in to my local Doctor’s surgery, which is also a training school for part of the […]

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My Parkinson’s Review

As many of my readers who are, themselves, living with Parkinson’s will know, we patients have to attend a regular consultation with our Neurologists to discuss how we have been doing and to monitor for disease progression.  Today, I attended my second review appointment.  This time, to help save me a longer journey to Ipswich […]

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When Reality Hits

I attended my first post-diagnosis review at Ipswich Hospital, yesterday, with my Neurologist.  Arriving at hospital was for me, as I am sure it is for most people, a trigger for a reasonable amount of stress and anxiety.  Entering the hustle and bustle of this busy building was a stark contrast to the peace and tranquility of […]

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The First Day

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I feel clear for the first time in years.  It’s been 15-20 years of going to my numerous Doctors over that time and being sent from hospital to hospital, specialist to specialist and subjected to an endless and repetitive stream of blood tests, physical examinations, […]

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Bridging the Divide

In 2003, I worked in a role that supported Victims of Hate Crime.  My counselling and psychotherapy skills were used to support men and women who had been targeted by abuse and violence due to being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or other similar defined status.  I also supported those who had been targeted by prejudice and […]

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Life Options

On Sky News today, there has been an interesting debate about organ donation and whether, here in the UK, we should switch from a system where you can choose to ‘opt in’ to donating your organs upon your death, as things currently work, or whether to switch to an ‘opt out’ of the organ donating […]

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