Doing things differently and doing different things – part 2

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I was never very good at sports, drama or public speaking at school. I was better at other things like maths, languages and science. I also didn’t enjoy the things I wasn’t good at and tended to avoid them when possible even after leaving school. Living with Parkinson’s means…

Doing things differently and doing different things

I am slightly bemused by the fact that somehow I have three virtual things in my diary on one day next week. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t feasibly be able to fit all of these in, with the travel time. I also probably wouldn’t have signed up for two out of the three, under normal…

Unwanted: Parkinson’s and the Coronavirus Pandemic

This time last year, as we approached World Parkinson’s Day on 11 April, I posted my shortest ever blog entitled ‘Parkinson’s is …‘. Today, with the Coronavirus Pandemic, we’re living in a completely different world and so I have added some thoughts about Coronavirus to last year’s blog… Parkinson’s is… Unwanted. Coronavirus is… Also unwanted….

A different world

Last month in my blog about hope I wrote: ‘My hope for 2020 is that I will be better able to cope with whatever challenges life throws at me – Parkinson’s or otherwise’. When I wrote those words, I never imagined that ‘otherwise’ would be a world challenge like Coronavirus. Never say never. It somehow seems impossible…

One size doesn’t fit all

I have been singing in an acapella choir for several years. We sing without sheet music and learn by ear. As we don’t have written music, I learned to listen to the other parts more carefully so I know what’s coming by when I hear the other parts. I don’t know what key we’re singing…

Focusing on hope

For much of last year I found myself really struggling with my Parkinson’s symptoms and side effects of medication. I know my symptoms are worse during stressful situations, but Parkinson’s seemed to spoil even the happy times for me. On several occasions, I had been looking forward to catching up with friends over a meal…

An A to Z look back at the last decade

Acappella choir – I’ve been singing in an acappella choir led by the brilliant Gitika Partington since 2005. So, well over a decade now. The fact that I have been singing for so long says it all. It’s one of my favourite things. Blogging – I posted my first blog in September 2016. I never…

Wishing for hope

As we approach the end of 2019, my wish for 2020 is that it’s better than 2019. For all sorts of reasons, it’s been a difficult year with many challenges for me and for many of my friends. It’s occurred to me that lately I’ve been wishing for lots of things to be different than…

With a little help from my friends

I’ve been finding living with Parkinson’s particularly challenging for several months now. The constant up and down of my medication cycle with dyskinesia thrown in, always feeling exhausted, disturbed sleep, anxiety, apathy, other symptoms and even just remembering which of my tablets to take when – sometimes just feels overwhelming on top of other life…

Moving forward

It’s almost six years since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I’ve come a long way since then. Although my movements may be slower than before (and they may sometimes be jerky), for the most part I felt like I was moving forward. However, when I look back at this year, I feel that I’ve almost…