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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 review of how Parkinson’s Disease is progressing.  I was diagnosed in 2017, but I have been living… 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

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 impact of family and working life being disrupted, by CFS, in the crucial years when earning money,… Read More

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 feeling a sense of terror at what this new reality would mean for me. What an incredible… Read More

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 how regular exercise, healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle improve cognitive function and increase the ‘happy’ chemicals… 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

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 WordPress.com). Like the First Morning: The delight of hearing the voices of these legendary performers initially fills… Read More

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 the web site of most leading Parkinson’s charities, nationally, around the world. What I hear from fellow… Read More

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, the person has to encounter the reactions of people as they go about their life.  They are… Read More