My new normal: Recharging my battery, being reunited with my orange frog and playing Scrabble with a missing tile

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s changed me in lots of ways. At the time, I never thought I would feel ‘normal’ again, but it’s surprising how quickly we can adapt sometimes. What’s ‘normal’ anyway? I guess in this context, it’s what feels normal to each of us as individuals. Prior to my Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)…

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…

Challenges, choices and keeping faith

Although it affects pretty much every aspect of my life, I generally try not to let my life revolve around Parkinson’s. However, this year Parkinson’s has brought me a new challenge in the form of dyskinesia. And I have been struggling with this, so much so, that my life has seemed to revolve around Parkinson’s,…

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….