Yes, You Will Get Through This

When life does not go your way, When your world falls apart, When your outlook is grey. Yes, you will get through this. When trouble lurks at your door, When there’s no way forward, When the outcome looks poor. Yes, you will get through this. When your self-belief is low, When there’s no solution, When…

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…

The Empty Cupboard

The Empty Cupboard. One dark and murky winter’s night, Our cheeky Pam did have a fright. Her cupboard was empty of gin and rum, Her plans were scuppered; there’d be no fun. But Pam was a wise and wily bird, She’d hid a second and a third. From beneath a cushion she found a treasure,…

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…

Witnessing Movie History

I was allowed to sit in the Director’s chair!  This chair was made of light wood and was foldable.  It had black material for the seat and the back rest was of the same black material but with one difference; in bold white capital letters, the word ‘DIRECTOR’.  This was no ordinary chair.  Here, in…

It’s Good for the Brain

Today, I posted on my professional Facebook page about physical well-being and how that benefits psychological health.  Here is the excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health.  There is much research that evidences…

Keep It Real

“Life seems sometimes like nothing more than a series of losses, from beginning to end.  That’s the given.  How you respond to those losses, what you make of what’s left, that’s the part you have to make up as you go.” – Katharine Weber. One of the things that many people may not realise, is…

Let’s Get Physical

Over the last week, I did something rather extraordinary, for me!  I signed up to membership of our local Leisure Centre! I now have access to use of all of the facilities; including gym, pool and the various classes that run from there.  I have ordered some new gym wear and I have booked myself…

You Are Not Alone

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” – Brene Brown. As a co-facilitator of a support group and support community for people with Parkinson’s, I see that one of the most difficult aspects for anyone participating, is to disclose personal difficulty.  Whatever we may be dealing with, there may be a significant fear of judgement…