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     The event had been planned for a few months.  Having travelled for around four or five hours to what was a very heavily flooded part of England, we had all finally settled into our hotel on the previous night.  The hotel was comfortable.  As a team of people who had also the bonds of family and/or friendship between us, we had enjoyed a lovely meal, a few drinks, a lot… Read More

     It takes time to get used to living your life in three hour stages.  After my diagnosis of Parkinson’s, in 2017, I was initially given medication called Madopar; co-beneldopa.  This provides levodopa and that enables my brain to produce dopamine.  Parkinson’s gradually kills the part of the brain that produces dopamine and so this boost helps to restore the functions that otherwise increase our disability.  It only works for as… Read More

     One of the interesting things about regularly practicing art, is that you start to develop a style of your own.  I have taken to working on portraits.  This has become something of a fascination to me, for I have a condition called Prosopagnosia; also known as face blindness.  It is a life-long condition and one that I never knew was something to be diagnosed until fairly recently.      Basically,… Read More

     Have you had reason to visit hospital recently?  Perhaps for a one-off treatment, for something that requires some short- medium term care or, maybe like me, you may have a chronic condition or illness that requires you to attend for ongoing, indefinite reviews?  For me, the reason for my hospital visit was a review of how Parkinson’s Disease is progressing.  I was diagnosed in 2017, but I have been living… Read More

     Today, I will be attending my latest six-monthly neurology review.  This is to assess how Parkinson’s disease is progressing and to review medication.   It is an opportunity for my neurologist and I to explore how I experience Parkinson’s and for us both to ask questions about all aspects of that.  There will be two differences, in relation to this appointment, for me today.      The first, and most significant,… Read More

⭐️⭐️⭐️Announcement⭐️⭐️⭐️ Please note that I am currently not taking any new referrals for my therapy services. I hope this will be a temporary situation. As most people who know about me are aware, I have Parkinson’s Disease. This is managed by medication and so I am able to continue working. I have been advised, by the NHS, that my Parkinson’s medication supply is at risk, due to the imminent Brexit. As a… Read More

“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

    My next appointment with my neurologist, is towards the end of this month.  This is where I meet for what is a review, roughly every six months, to explore how Parkinson’s is being experienced by me and to assess the progress of the disease.  My medication is reviewed and I have the opportunity to ask questions; of which I usually have accrued a list of several.  I have been fortunate to… Read More