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Welcome to my website. My name is Dr David Beales, and I’m a retired GP with a special interest in mind-body medicine. I wish to highlight, through medical stories, how medicine responds and relates to the whole person within their life situation.
For 50 years I was on one side of the desk, but with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease I now find myself on the other. I want to share stories from medical practice and my own personal experiences in order to break down doctor-patient barriers and build more constructive partnerships.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.
We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
My own experience of a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in August 2017 prompted me to explore my new situation through poetry.
I would like to continue expanding my experience of living with Parkinson’s with ongoing expression through poetry.
In this three part blog series, I have detailed my journey with Parkinson’s – both in terms of early diagnosis, and more recent treatment and support. My attempts to come to terms with and understand both the diagnosis and treatment led me to explore multiple avenues towards living well. I needed a multi-disciplinary approach, and… Read more
In my previous blog, I wrote about the impact of my Parkinson’s diagnosis – and the information which would have been useful to receive at the outset. Making sense of Parkinson’s is a long journey however, and one which extends far past initial diagnosis to treatment and daily life. So what has life been like… Read more
The first in a three part blog series: The shock of the Parkinson’s diagnosis came in August 2017. It was ultimately made by consultant neurologist Mr. William Gibb, privately in Southampton. My symptoms finally made sense to me. Muscle stiffness was preceded by unexplained symptoms of sleep disturbance with vivid dreams (5 years); shoulder stiffness… Read more
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