Fears – Life with a Chromosome 18 Condition

Families share their fears for the future of life with a chromosome 18 condition.

Hopes – Life with a Chromosome 18 Condition

Families share their hopes for the future of life with a chromosome 18 condition.

Divorce, Stress, HIV… and no jokes.

November 3rd, 2011

This is a rather personal blog video, there’s no doubt about that. I’m even a little apprehensive because it doesn’t offer the usual helpful tips or the “entertainment value” of my other videos. But one of my problems has always been trying to be the life of the party when I’m not feeling it. So please allow me to offer you a different Mark than you might be used to, unplugged and exposed.

The last few weeks have been tough, I won’t lie to you. My nine-year relationship came to an end, and I’ve found myself feeling some self pity and fear – that is, when I slow down long enough to catch up with my own emotions.

My schedule has been fast and furious, and now things are even busier as I make plans related to the breakup. In January, I will return to my beloved Atlanta, where a strong support network of friends awaits me with open arms.

Until then, I’m lucky to have friends like David Fawcett (seated at right, in our silly video opening), who also happens to be a therapist. Everyone should have a friend who’s a mental health counselor, if you ask me. David serves [...] continue the story

The Sweeney – The Life & Work of Jim Sweeney – Trailer

Now available! Christmas Special £5.00 only www.thesweeney.net

Reviewed: “Very funny indeed,” Andrew Leask

All proceeds to a MS charity of Jim Sweeney’s choice.

THE SWEENEY a documentary about Jim Sweeney, veteran of the Comedy Store Players and feted grandfather of impro. We trace the life and laughs of this titan and how he turned Multiple Sclerosis into a positive force in his journey. With appearances by Eddie Izzard, Josie Lawrence, Paul Merton, Greg Proops and much much more… Produced & Directed by Seeta Indrani

September 27, 2009

The Price of Complacency and Being Wobbly

By Jo Collinge

This blog was first published following the World Parkinson’s Congress held in Glasgow, September 2010…………. It was then republished about a year later, with a lengthy addition tagged on to the end about challenging my specialist on his views about DBS. This is – more or less – the original version.

Two weeks prior to [originally] writing this my elder daughter sat exams to win a Bursary at a well known independent girls’ school. She was one of a handful of girls chosen to sit these (well, two handfuls to be precise ….). A fantastic achievement as she was selected from a number who had applied. Having taken the approach that she was going to “get by” on her natural ability, of which she has plenty, she took the decision not to do any prep work. My husband and I tried, but failed, to get her to “knuckle down”. Elise’s approach to such matters is that she works hard at school, therefore why should she work hard at home. Being reluctant to make a big fuss over the issue, we took the path of least resistance and didn’t force the issue. [On top of that, I had also spent [...] continue the story