Tag: Activism

There’s No Escaping the Truth

I have been reflecting on my work as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and about society and humanity.  I wish to share with you a simple truth that I always find underneath any problem behaviour in people.  The good news is that problem behaviour can be overcome. You are responsible for your own behaviour, in the…

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…

Morning Has Broken.

Morning Has Broken: My phone alarm goes off at 6.45am, every day; it’s time to take my medication.  This week, the sultry, velvet voice of Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘Summertime’, in a duet with the magical Louis Armstrong, has been my favourite way for the start of each new day to be announced. (Photo: Ella Fitzgerald.  Source: dunderbeck1980 on…

Parkinson’s Meds Side Effects

One of the subjects that people with Parkinson’s have both experience of and opinion about is that of side effects caused by medication.  The possible side effects of short and long-term medication use are well listed within the information leaflets found within medication packs.  Side effects are also well listed and, more importantly,  described on…

Dear Conservative Govt.

I was shocked, recently, by a decision affecting my mother’s care.  Our lovely Conservative Government and Conservative Local Authority, continues to make the rich in our society richer, while cutting back vital support for the poor and disabled.  Our Prime Minister must have a wooden heart, for Theresa May’s policies are hurting the most vulnerable…

It Only Gets Worse.

This message is for you, Mrs. May. I find myself wracked with disgust. Your team’s letter arrived here today. The contents are simply unjust. Your Government must simply not know Parkinson’s so far has no cure. Many symptoms are hidden from show. Each day is a trial to endure. My Neurologist saw me last week.…

Life’s Leafy Pathway

A pathway of autumnal glow When Nature bows her head for rest. While trees prepare for season’s flow Like rust upon what summer blessed. The morning dew drops hang like gems As chill winds cause crisp leaves to fall. Such a welcome the pathway lends To all the people one and all. Who can resist…

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…

Disability and Cheesecake

I had been living with what had initially been diagnosed as Fibromyalgia.  To update my readers, in June 2017 this diagnosis was updated and changed to Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.  It has been since developing chronic illness that I have become acutely aware of the need for chairs and seating to be provided in public places…