Exercise – Adapting is key

A song can be sung in different ways – if the original key is too high for your voice for example, you can sing it in a different key. You can also sing it faster or slower. You can adapt songs to suit you. I help to run a Facebook group for people with Parkinson’s…

Staying focused

Sometimes life can seem overwhelming. Those times when there just seems to be so much going on – good and perhaps not so good – in every aspect of life. Those are the times I need to stay focused on what’s important and distinguish between what I can control and what I can’t. A few…

Parkinson’s – the unwanted extra part

My life is made up of different parts – there’s home life, work, friends, choir, Start Living Today PD and of course there’s Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is like that extra, unwanted part of my life – that is always there and isn’t going away. Like in a song, there are different voices singing different parts. They…

Thinking about ‘gratefulness’

Originally posted on BobbleHead Nanna:
One big thing I’ve become very aware of since having Mr P is the need to be more grateful for the good things in my life…. All sorts of things like friends and family, all the small victories, everything that makes my life manageable and good. One of the ‘in…

New ways of learning

I’m mostly a details and facts type of person. When learning something new, I usually like to start at the beginning and work my way through. When I was a child I learned to read music. It’s detailed and precise, and using sheet music can be one way of learning to play or sing a…

Letting go … an important part of moving forward

I’ve come a long way in my Parkinson’s journey in the last year. One thing I’ve realised is that in order to move forward, I’ve had to learn – and am still learning – to let go. Letting go of my belief that plans always have to be precise and stuck to rigidly – I…

Finding balance

I think life is about balance. There are always going to be ups and downs in life. I used to wish for things to be easier – to have less struggles, and for things to be more comfortable. I’ve grown to realise that the struggles I’ve been through are just as important as the comfortable…

What I discovered in 2016

Being inspired and inspiring others – This year I’ve been inspired by some truly amazing people living with Parkinson’s – Heidi Reynolds, founder of Start Living Today PD (SLTPD) (www.startlivingtodaypd.co.uk) for a start. When I first joined SLTPD in April this year, I was timid and hesitant in sharing and posting. Little did I know…

Opening up about Parkinson’s

Something I’ve learned to understand since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, is the difference between empathy and pity. I know which one I would rather receive and give. And it’s not pity. When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I only told my close family and friends and a few colleagues at work who I felt…

My Parkinson’s journey: Part 1 – The early days

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s towards the end of 2013 after several months of waiting. If you asked me to describe the year that followed, the word that springs to mind is ‘struggle’. In 2014, I was going through some particularly challenging times, add to that being newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of…