A helping hand – every small gesture counts

Lessons learned from Parkinson’s, no 6: ‘It’s okay to ask for help. I find it frustrating that I can’t do the things I used to be able to do. I want to do things myself like I used to. I am slowly learning to accept that things have changed. I am fortunate enough to have…

We share a single sky

World Parkinson’s Day is now over for another year. I’m grateful that this year, I’ve been able to do my little bit to raise awareness in my corner of the world. There are so many different health conditions and other causes also requiring our attention and support. The world doesn’t and can’t and shouldn’t revolve…

Life challenges, Parkinson’s and My Favourite Things

Sometimes life just seems to throw constant challenges at us. I imagine many people have had that feeling. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four and a half years ago. This means that not only do I have to deal with these constant life challenges, but the everyday challenges of living with Parkinson’s – and the…

525,600 moments in time flash by

Time can be a funny thing. It’s measured in units such as minutes and years. There are 525,600 minutes in a year. Sometimes it feels like each year passes by in a flash. And yet sometimes a minute feels like hours. Even though I’ve only been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for four and a half years,…

The power of pills

I’m grateful that for most of my life I’ve been relatively healthy. Because of this I rarely took medication so it wasn’t something I had given much thought to… until I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The day I was diagnosed my consultant prescribed me medication straight away. I remember being really excited about the fact…

Slow down, you move too fast

I sing in an acapella choir and there are some songs where we have a tendency to speed up. If that happens we either all stay together and all speed up, or we stop listening to each other and sing at different timings which just doesn’t work! I’m learning that rushing ahead doesn’t always achieve…

Standing tall

I’m fairly short compared to the average person. But I’ve learned that being short doesn’t mean I can’t stand tall. There have been times in my life when I felt really self-conscious about my Parkinson’s symptoms and I wanted to hide away. Whenever I get a little anxious or nervous about something, my tremor starts…

Spring forward, clutter-free

Today I saw daffodils for the first time this year. To me, daffodils are a sign that spring is on its way. Spring is my favourite season. It’s a season of hope. It seems like a good time to make plans – things to look forward to, like trips away and summer holidays. Maybe it’s…

Shining a spotlight on what’s important

Today is the first Sunday of Lent. For Christians worldwide, Lent – which began on Ash Wednesday – is a period of preparation for the most important part of the church’s year – Easter. People associate Lent with giving things up (chocolate for example), but it’s also a time for self-reflection. A time to think…

Once upon a time 

My last blog touched on the fact that I can no longer play the piano due to my Parkinson’s symptoms. This got me thinking. Yes, there are a few activities that I could do once upon a time – pre-Parkinsons – that I can no longer do and even more activities that I can’t do…

Memories of music and a QWERTY keyboard

I learnt to type at school – going to typing lessons and doing all the exercises. After a while, I learnt where all the letters on a QWERTY keyboard are and I was able to touch type. I was slow at first and I sometimes had to look down to check the letters on the keyboard,…

I didn’t have a clue, but I’m learning

My best friend has always been really into cryptic crosswords. I never really got them, until one summer my friend and I were on holiday together and there was a lot of waiting while we were travelling. I was very excited when I got my first answer! Finally something had clicked once I’d got my head…