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Taken from my You Tube channel. In this vlog, I discuss anxiety and how to respond to it. (C) Dean G. Parsons. 2019.

“The car park and my cafe were under water!  I felt almost broken…..I could barely go on….My dyskinesia and tremor were off the scale.” Brendan Quinn.  2019.     Brendan Quinn was thirty-five years old when he received what he called “…the shocking diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson’s.”  I was to interview this inspiring thirty-eight year old, from Flintham in Nottinghamshire, about his recent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and the devastating… Read More

I was thinking, today, about the extra financial costs that come from being a person with a disability.  I had received a small catalogue of helpful mobility items and useful gadgets that help with tasks that were once so simple.  For example, battery powered jar openers, tin openers and bottle openers as well as gadgets that help with fastening and unfastening buttons and zips, in clothing.  There are so many very helpful… Read More

In the Parkinson’s community that is Parkinson’s Road; a Facebook based global support group that I write for and co-facilitate, the subject of communication between people with Parkinson’s and those close to them, arises frequently.  This is an incredibly important and complex subject and this post is just another brief aspect of a far bigger discussion. My belief, as a co-facilitator of an online support group, is that a main aspiration for… Read More

When life does not go your way. When your world falls apart. When your outlook is grey. Yes, you can do this. When trouble lurks at your door. When there’s no way forward. When the outcome looks poor. You, you can do this. When your self-belief is low. When there’s no solution. When there’s nowhere to go. Yes, you can do this. When you have been rejected. When you feel all alone…. Read More

“Depart from discretion, when it interferes with duty.” – Hannah More. One of the aspects of being a person with Parkinson’s, that others may not consider, is just how difficult it is to tell others that you have Parkinson’s; particularly those closest to you.  For some, the decision to disclose the diagnosis can be an agonising experience.  Who to tell?  Why tell?  Who not to tell?  How to tell?  Endless evaluation as… Read More

Over the last week, I did something rather extraordinary, for me!  I signed up to membership of our local Leisure Centre! I now have access to use of all of the facilities; including gym, pool and the various classes that run from there.  I have ordered some new gym wear and I have booked myself in for the first of three one hour sessions with a Personal Trainer, later this month.  … Read More

Aaron Beck (born 1921) is known for further developing Cognitive Behaviour theory.  I have found that he is known to have developed studies and clinical observations of clients, in the 1960’s, in relation to the treatment of depression. Beck became known for having further developed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and a ‘Model of Depression’.  The aim of this was to enable a client to change their unhelpful and unhealthy thought processes into helpful… Read More

One of the difficulties that people with Parkinson’s tell me about is their sense of frustration at the realisation their diagnosis has changed them forever.  I know this feeling, myself.  I too am well aware of the limitations this disease has upon my life and of how I will never regain my former good health and ability.  That is tough to accept, yet accept we must. Quote: “Life is a series of… Read More