Lessons learned from Parkinson’s – part 2

Life is constantly changing – enjoy every happy moment, keep going through the difficult times – they won’t last forever. Know your priorities and values and choose to focus your energy on them. Let go of all the things which weigh you down, allow yourself to grow, and always move forward, one step at a…

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 36 – Four years later…

I turned 40 earlier this year. As the year goes on, I’m approaching a very different milestone. October will mark four years since the day I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. My life today is not how I imagined it to be. I never imagined that at 40, I would be living with a degenerative neurological…

Defining ourselves – What is it that makes me ‘me’?

This summer I spent a week on holiday in a group of 60, and three of us shared the name Angela. In my day to day life I’m the only Angela, so it felt strange being one of three Angelas for the whole week. It got me thinking about how we define ourselves… We define…

Perfectly imperfect 

I used to be a perfectionist. I wanted everything I did to be perfect. However, I also used to get stressed out when I wasn’t able to do everything perfectly. And from experience, stress does my symptoms no good at all. If living with Parkinson’s for the last few years has taught me anything, it’s…

That shrinking feeling…

There have been times over the last few years when I’ve felt like I was slowly shrinking and Parkinson’s was taking over my life. Shrinking writing… My handwriting – which has always been small – has got smaller. It’s one of the many lesser known symptoms of Parkinson’s. I’ve recently discovered it even has a…

Chasing bubbles

I was recently trying to take photos of bubbles floating about in the air before they burst. There were so many beautiful bubbles but each time I never quite seemed to capture them all. I guess what we’re trying to do in taking photos, videos, any kind of recording is to capture a happy moment…

Sharing my Parkinson’s journey through writing

We write for all sorts of different reasons and in many different ways. I don’t do a lot of writing physically by hand nowadays – partly because one of my Parkinson’s symptoms is difficulty writing – and partly because I don’t need to handwrite now, with the existence of electronic devices such as the smartphone….

Summer learning (happened so fast)

I’ve recently returned home from a Greek Island where I spent the week with 60 complete strangers, and we had the opportunity to take courses including creative writing, making mosaics, singing, mindfulness and yoga. Here are some of the lessons I learned… Standing tall… In order to stand tall and grow, we need strong roots….

A change of pace

I’ve always been quite a fast person. I learnt to play the piano when I was a child. In my teens, my piano teacher used to say I was the only person he knew, who would speed up when it got to a difficult bit in the music. Likewise, I’ve always spoken quite fast and…

Determination vs acceptance … finding the right balance

There are two things which I have learned over the last year that seem to contradict each other. And I haven’t found a straightforward answer as yet. One, I need to look after myself and that includes accepting that I can’t do everything I might want to do. Two, I need to keep stepping out…

Being open to the unexpectedness of life

A few days ago I was sitting on a beach in Cornwall watching the waves. I could see the big waves approaching, yet every time, it took me by surprise just how big some of them were. Life can throw all sorts of unexpected things at us. Sometimes these things are big and completely life-changing…

Everyone has a choice

One of the things that helped me to truly accept my diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease is when I realised that I always have a choice. I didn’t choose to have Parkinson’s, but I can choose how I live with it. That was the theme of one of my early blogs – Choices, choices and more choices….