Hello everyone. I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a peaceful and happy Christmas and, if you do not celebrate Christmas, to nonetheless extend that wish for peace and happiness to you.
Thank you to all of my readers and to those who follow me on various social media sites:
I would particularly like to thank everyone who interacts with me, and with other of my social media page followers, with comments, anecdotes, picture, photographs, e-mails and messages. You support means a great deal to me and your friendship is accepted with gratitude.
This has been an incredibly challenging, but also exciting year. While I sadly brought to a close after eighteen years, eleven of which were in Suffolk, my career as a psychotherapist, I have gained a Diploma in Creative Writing and I have published a paperback book, three ebooks and submitted two of my own plays for competition. I am blown away by the interest and uptake of my publications in this first year.
It was an honour to be asked to write an article for Parkinson’s Life magazine and later to find that Parkinson’s Life had listed my paperback about my life with Parkinson’s as within the top eight Parkinson’s related books in Europe this year!! Such an accolade was a dream, from a writing perspective but also a great joy, more importantly, to learn that my work had touched many people with Parkinson’s in such a positive way.
As if that was not all, my gratitude goes to lovely ‘DJ Johnny Parky’ at Radio Parkies, who invited me to have a stint as guest speaker in a spot on his show over summer. That fun and wonderful opportunity has led me to now have my own show at Shaky Radio, every Saturday at 6pm. My thanks to both Johnny of Radio Parkies and now also to John Scotter and Susan Pennels at Shaky Radio. These amazing opportunities have given me a wonderful chance to reach people in the Parkinson’s community in new ways and, as my Dilpoma in Creative Writing included writing for radio, to have the space to grow as a broadcaster and to develop this skill is just beyond my hopes.
To my friends at Parkinson’s Road; in the Admin Team and the members themselves, I thank you all for letting me express myself; enabling me to share my art with you, my random videos and my lengthy or cheeky posts. It is a beautifully expressive environment and culture and I am so often overwhelmed by the friendship and affection that I have received from you all.
To those people who came to see me in my role as a therapist over the past couple of decades. Many of you then followed me on this site and at various social media sites, following therapy. Many of you remained in touch and I thank you all for your support as I continue to evolve and adapt my life as a person with Parkinson’s. For those who stood by me while my health deteriorated, which was pretty much everyone, I have no words adequate enough to express my gratitude. I know that the changes in me, due to Parkinson’s, led to me delivering a less well presented service in these past eighteen months. Ending the service this year was the right thing to do, although that process was accelerated by Brexit and the impact of not knowing if my medication supply would/will continue. This situation affects many people out there who are on medication for chronic illness. I do hope things work out well for those people.
That’s just life, but what I can say is that my psychotherapy career has been utterly extraordinary, fulfilling and deeply touching. I have been wholly inspired by many people and deeply moved by the wondrous beauty of the human spirit. My only word to former clients, as is my word to all people, is to be kind. That means kindness in thought, feelings, emotions, behaviours and responses. Kindness to self and to others. If we all practice kindness, I truly believe most of the world’s troubles would diminish.
To those who have come to know me as their patient; a person with Young Onset Parkinson’s, to my friends who are part of my life enough to understand my challenges with Parkinson’s and to my family; especially Kevin, I could not walk this difficult road without your love, kindness, honesty, patience and support. You know who you all are. From the occasional kind word online, through to being here with me through the very worst of days, and then tough times yet to come; thank you all so very much.
Merry Christmas to you all and to your loved ones. May the New Year be filled with new happiness, fun and laughter.
With heartfelt gratitude.
Now – go and have some fun!
When you come back – remember, please share this site and my social media sites with your friends and family and do stay connected and in touch.
With heartfelt gratitude.