Sparks of Change

25. Mar, 2015 Peaks and Troughs. Ebb and Flow. However much I strive for consistency, it always seems to evade me. Partly because I guess ‘that’s life’. Partly because I seem to like to mix things up! I tend to regularly kick off new challenges. From finishing 2014 tired, living back home, and struggling with a deterioration in my disability. I’m now in a new flat, building my health back up, and fighting (tooth and nail) for improvements on my wheelchair, car, care and housing adaptions. I was lucky to spend time in Fuerteventura and Austria since the New Year began, which helped keep my spirits up for sure. Having ensured that my foundations were supporting my weaker body, and that my diary commitments are within my new limits; I’ve started building life onwards and upwards again. Finally, after 4 years of self employment, I’m earning enough regular income to breath a little easier. I won’t take things for granted, but I feel more able to buy myself a couple of non essential/materialistic treats for once! Believe me, I’ve had some dark moments and thoughts since leaving my London monthly salary in 2011. Whilst having enough money to cover the bills and to ‘live a [...] continue the story

Blogging My Way Through Parkinson’s

When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would end up writing a blog…

I am a 62-year-old English granny who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about eight years ago, and for most of those eight years I have tried to convince myself that it’s either all a terrible mistake or that I haven’t got it at all. Then, on the other hand, I have spent my time living for today and thinking to hell with tomorrow.

However, after recently suffering from some extremely stressful situations, I have been trying to take my head out of the sand and try to come to terms with this strange disease. My daughter had been staying and I mentioned that I had thought about doing a blog – my head was, and is, buzzing with so many things that I want to sort out and I hope by doing this I can help others and they can help me. As she is the go-getter in the family, it was only a matter of minutes before I was all ready to go and there was no going back!

So in an instant, “My Mate Parky” was born – I didn’t have [...] continue the story