When Identity is Withdrawn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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Pater

What was that? I asked myself I asked when he had gone A life so big and mighty Wow!  Astonishing things he’d done From by The River, whence he came And The Green at which he grew Playing tuba with the Saintly bands Big dreams ran through and through He discovered a new Brotherhood Of shadows and blood war […]

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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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She Peers, Wisely, Over Her Spectacles

  On this chilly Autumn evening, the fire in our sitting room offered the comforting glow of the deepest orange.  The warm blanket of heat, in our sitting room,  hugged my Partner and I as we watched some of our favourite tv shows.  All the while, our dogs; Oscar and Digby, lay on their beds in front of the fire.  […]

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