A ‘Can Do’ Attitude.

The reactions of people in my life, to news of my diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, has been that of great support.  I am indeed lucky to find such kindness offered to me at a time of some reasonable trepidation.  It never really occurred to me, though, how difficult it may be for people to know…

Charity Fund Raising

I’m delighted to announce that I have achieved a £500 landmark of charity fund-raising for a UK based charity called ‘Fibromyalgia Action UK’.  I would like to thank everyone who donated and helped me achieve this wonderful outcome. The money raised will be used to fund Volunteers and support services for those affected by this…

Inside Outside. Outside Inside.

‘Inside Outside. Outside Inside’. I created this artwork to symbolise a number of things.  First, I painted a simple landscape; representing ‘outside’.  I cut it into strips; representing my pain ‘inside’, something I now understand as being caused by my Parkinson’s Disease, and how that has in many ways cut me into strips. I placed…

The First Day

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.  I feel clear for the first time in years.  It’s been 15-20 years of going to my numerous Doctors over that time and being sent from hospital to hospital, specialist to specialist and subjected to an endless and repetitive stream of blood tests, physical examinations,…

It’s a New Dawn, It’s a New Day…

It is always lovely when people ask me about my work.  I am often asked about where I work, about the sort of work that I do and about my profession.  I thought it might be nice to share with my readers, something of what is a typical day for me, before I even get…

Down Time

I made a rather rough sketch of myself on a day when I needed to find comfort and rest from the chronic pain that I suffer.  Sketching, and other forms of art, can be a therapeutic way to express oneself and to process how it feels to experience difficulties that are caused by illness.  I am currently…

‘Stick’ At It

One of the biggest changes in my life, was the onset of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome. Update: Since writing this Blog post, my former diagnosis of Fibromyalgia has been changed.  I have, as of June 27th 2017, now conclusively been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. An Uninvited Change. Although I can…