Mixing cakes, Parkinson’s and an unexpected root vegetable

Before my Parkinson’s symptoms started I used to enjoy baking. But in recent years I hadn’t baked for a long time as it’s something I find difficult with my lack of dexterity in my hands. I’m right handed and my right side is more affected than my left. I can’t usually manage to beat an…

I don’t know how you feel

Sometimes when we’re going through hard times, it can feel like we’re all alone in the dark. Most of us know what it’s like to feel scared and alone. And when we see others – especially those we care about – going through hard times we want to help, but sometimes we don’t know how….

Changing the way we look at things

I took these photos of the same scene in Brighton just hours apart. They look completely different but it’s just the same scene captured in a different light – being looked at in a different way. And so it can be in life. Sometimes situations haven’t changed from one day to the next but if…

Helter-skeltering through life with Parkinson’s

I’ve never been one for very fast rides or rides that turn you upside down. My choice of rides at a fairground was the bumper cars. I only remember going on a helter skelter a few times. It seemed like a lot of effort to climb to the top and then it seemed to be…

Is this really me?

Sometimes I used to think to myself “I wish I could be more extrovert or more impulsive or do some of the things I just would never do.” And I now know that these things aren’t impossible. I’m open to trying new things and stepping out of my comfort zone. However, what I’ve come to…

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….