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

My Wish

My 46th birthday was approaching and just as we habitually change our smoke detector batteries on New Year’s, I made it a ritual that I have my yearly physical near my birthday, although there was one aspect of the visit that always made me forget my birthday. In fact, I had now been more than 3 years since my last physical. My decision to visit my GP was not planned other than the fact that he was away and I would be spared the usual rhetoric that comes from your usual physician. Now do not get me wrong, he is more than a master at his profession, I just figured I needed a visual change and some fresh air. Well fresh it was, as I entered the patient room I was soon greeted by his replacement, a recent graduate of UBC Medical School. In fact, I was her 3rd patient. Well if looks could kill. I should have died on the spot. After some discussion regarding my medical past, my focus had shifted and I soon put my first impression aside and focused on the purpose of the visit.

Having been on hypertension medication for over 30 years, it was decided [...] continue the story