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Reclaim Health: a recovery strategy when doctors can’t explain your symptoms

After five years of hard work, I am incredibly pleased to announce that Reclaim Health: a recovery strategy when doctors can’t explain your symptoms has now published. The book is written by a team including two expert ex-patients Julia and Janice, supported by two doctors David and Gina, with Helen an expert personal and professional … Continue reading Reclaim Health: a recovery strategy when doctors can’t explain your symptoms

How do we more fully see the whole person behind the clinical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease?

As a patient I have witnessed the need to bring together a fragmented team to create personalised medicine. My experience of hospital and GP contacts: Long waits! Seeing a consultant neurologist privately – after waiting over 16 weeks for an NHS appointment. August 2017: Brief neurological assessment; blunt ‘you have Parkinson’s Disease’. Medication only offered … Continue reading How do we more fully see the whole person behind the clinical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease?

Reflections on living with Parkinson’s Disease in the last year

A New Year and ‘I’m still standing’ in the words of the Delta blues singer Mississippi Fred McDowell. The song accompanies me when I do my exercises in the morning. Happy New Year. Looking back I have probably had symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease now for 10 years – marked stiffness around my neck and shoulders … Continue reading Reflections on living with Parkinson’s Disease in the last year

Facing a Diagnosis

I saw this Parkinson’s support ‘post’ yesterday. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease after the past couple of years of stiffness and unsteadiness. I am off sick from work and numb with worry about my future. Only 47 with four teenage children. Hoping someone will tell me what to expect?” I too was numb, fearful … Continue reading Facing a Diagnosis

The Time is Now

Now that I am out of active medical practice for me this is the time to stand back and offer my reflective experience after a long life in medicine supported with medical stories. My aim is to highlight what seemed important in the practice of personalised medicine within general practice and other medical settings. Holly … Continue reading The Time is Now