Tag: Community

Ringing the Bells of Change

Today, I have been reflecting about the lovely clinic in Wickham Market that I now practice from as one of my therapy venues.  Depending on the day and time, I sometimes arrive to the cheerful sound of a peel of Church bells.  This always makes me smile, as I think of busy villagers getting ready…

Naming the Writer

One of the aspects of being a writer, that I am currently contemplating, 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 the moment, I feel uncomfortable about putting my name to anything…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…