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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 … Continue reading A Rude Awakening
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 … Continue reading Pick Your Fight Wisely
One of the illnesses that I have seen clients deeply affected by, is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), or ME. An illness that causes overwhelming tiredness, even after rest or sleep, CFS impacts significantly on the emotional and physical well-being of those who suffer from it. In those of a working age, there is the added … Continue reading Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Today is a day with some considerable meaning, for me. It was exactly one year ago, today, that I met with my Neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. On that day I felt a mixture of relief at finally getting the clarity of a conclusive diagnosis after a twenty year search for answers, versus … Continue reading One Year On
Today, I posted on my professional Facebook page about physical well-being and how that benefits psychological health. Here is the excerpt from my Facebook page: Dean’s Facebook Page In my role as a psychotherapist, I highlight the merits of physical activity and physical well-being in relation to maintaining positive mental-health. There is much research that evidences … Continue reading It’s Good for the Brain
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 … Continue reading Let’s Get Physical
Morning Has Broken: My phone alarm goes off at 6.45am, every day; it's time to take my medication. This week, the sultry, velvet voice of Ella Fitzgerald singing 'Summertime', in a duet with the magical Louis Armstrong, has been my favourite way for the start of each new day to be announced. (Photo: Ella Fitzgerald. Source: dunderbeck1980 on … Continue reading Morning Has Broken.
One of the subjects that people with Parkinson's have both experience of and opinion about is that of side effects caused by medication. The possible side effects of short and long-term medication use are well listed within the information leaflets found within medication packs. Side effects are also well listed and, more importantly, described on … Continue reading Parkinson’s Meds Side Effects
Identity is a significant subject for people living with a chronic health disease/illness or disability. For some, the chronic health problem or disability is with them from birth. In those cases the person's identity, as being someone living with a chronic health problem or disability, is more likely to be formed earlier in life. Here, … Continue reading When Identity is Withdrawn