When Identity is Withdrawn

I am a Writer for ‘The Parkinson’s Experience’ global community. 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, […]

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Festive Tears on Standby

I am a Writer for ‘The Parkinson’s Experience’ global community. 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 […]

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Avunculus B

He never once objected All the times I sought his view When I called on him for wisdom He would know just what to do Whether I contacted him by letter Or by a telephone call When I found a new Big Problem He would make my worry small From the time I was a […]

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You Are Not to Blame

Surviving the loss of a loved one, who took their own life through suicide, has a number of complexities that the natural death of a loved one, may not necessarily have.  Some, or all, of the following responses are common: Shock Frustration Anger Disbelief Denial Helplessness Fixating on the imagined, or known, image of the […]

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Colouring Winter

I was in the garden today and took a photo of the beautiful Chrysanthemums that are in flower.  I don’t know the name of the variety but they really are so lovely, at this time of year, that I thought you might like to see them: The larger plant is sharing a pot with the remains of the […]

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Loss is a Beautiful Tree

The days, months and years following the death of a loved one are an interesting experience.  We all live such experiences in our own unique ways.  Some live those years well, while others struggle to ever thrive again.   Certainly, as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I find that many of my clients see me for support around bereavement […]

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Idols of the Manor

I fully expected that I would have to take off my boots.  As we did so, taking the lead from our friends, my Partner and I managed to cram our boots into the small racks that had been set up outside the entrance to the Manor.  I felt sure that I would not find my […]

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