Tag: Parkinsons Disease

When Identity is Withdrawn

Identity is a significant subject for people living with a chronic health disease/illness or disability. For some, the chronic health problem or disability is with them from birth.  In those cases the person’s identity, as being someone living with a chronic health problem or disability, is more likely to be formed earlier in life.  Here,…

Parkinson’s is a Moon Walk

Something that I have become aware of, since being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, is that there is nobody in my life to teach me how to ‘do’ Parkinson’s Disease!  Throughout my life there have been my parents, family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, employers, trainers and people I know/knew to learn from and emulate.  Today,…

Be An Influencer

Can it already be mid-way through January?  With the festive season already behind us, many of us will have made an effort toward our New Year’s Resolutions.  Some may have made a great in-roads, while others may already be lambasting themselves as a failure.  At that point, some may give up, while others may develop…

Festive Tears on Standby

Life is a Rollercoaster. For me, this has been a landmark year.  With the high points including the many fun gatherings with family and friends, making wonderful new friends, a move to focusing on developing my writing career, taking up new study,  achieving a long sought diagnosis for my chronic health illness, becoming a member…

Parkinson’s and Day-to-Day Stress

Living with Parkinson’s is a challenge, at the best of times.  How to juggle the demands of everyday life plus cope with the effects of a disease that zaps your energy and affects your ability to do even the most basic things, is the ongoing question? Yet, what we often lose sight of is that,…

Parkinson’s and Sleep Problems

One of the things that many people with Parkinson’s Disease commonly struggle with, is our sleeping patterns.  If you listen to anyone living with Parkinson’s, you will almost certainly hear regular expressions of frustration, and even desperation, at the difficulty of achieving any sort of regular sleep pattern.  In fact, in all likelihood, you will…

Parkinson’s and Depression

Many people with Parkinson’s Disease will, at some point, experience depressive feelings or even full Depression.  The treatment for Depression is not an exact science.  Treatment options around the world vary from talking therapies, alternative and complementary therapies through to the use of prescribed medication. In the Western world, a combination of talking therapies and…

Set Apart

Like the square peg in the round hole The black sheep or the broken bowl Like one mature student in the class The short straw or the met impasse Like the faded Actor of prior fame The odd one out or the horse now lame Parkinson’s sets you apart. Like the fabled ‘Man in the…

Guest Speaker for Medical Change

I was delighted to be invited, last week, as Guest Speaker at my local Doctor’s surgery, here in the Suffolk Coastal area.  The surgery, which I hold in very high regard, is also a training centre for Trainee Doctors.  My task was to speak with the Year 3 Trainees from Cambridge about my diagnosis of…

Out of My Mind

As I sit here, at my desk in my little country cottage in Suffolk, I am thinking about how to convey a self-profile of me as a writer, to my course tutor; someone I have never met and know almost nothing about.  I am studying for a Diploma in Creative Writing.  What would make her…