Wordsmith's Notebook

Monthly Archives: July 2017

The reactions of people in my life, to news of my diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, has been that of great support.  I am indeed lucky to find such kindness offered to me at a time of some reasonable trepidation.  It never really occurred to me, though, how difficult it may be for people to know what to say to someone they know who is given a life-changing diagnosis. Some people use humour;… Read More


I’m delighted to announce that I have achieved a £500 landmark of charity fund-raising for a UK based charity called ‘Fibromyalgia Action UK’.  I would like to thank everyone who donated and helped me achieve this wonderful outcome. The money raised will be used to fund Volunteers and support services for those affected by this debilitating illness.  I had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia back in 2015. Last month; June 2017, my diagnosis… Read More

    I created this artwork to symbolise a number of things.  First, I painted a simple landscape; representing ‘outside’.  I cut it into strips; representing the emotional pain of what I have since come to learn is Parkinson’s Disease.     I placed the landscape ‘inside’ the centre of the piece and then set about the outside markings; themselves representative of inner aspects of myself.  For example, the zodiac signs of… Read More