To be told you have an incurable, degenerative condition like Parkinson’s is a shock. When you learn that there is some treatment for some symptoms, but no medication yet for slowing the progression, you realise it’s bad news. Then you learn what the later stages might look like and it’s even worse news.
The human spirit is not weak and generally bounces back. I thought to myself “The best way of overcoming a bad experience is to make use of it.” and the development of Sorting the Sock Drawer began. I have been a storyteller for more than 20 years and I believe in the power of stories to teach, to share experiences and to change thinking. Each story in its small way changes the world. I decided to use my own story, with its ups and downs, highs and lows to create a performance. My aim was to help others but it has helped me too.
We are fortunate in Cardiff to have the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, part of the University of South Wales and the Centre and its staff, particularly Emily Underwood-Lee, have been key in supporting, encouraging and providing the venue for the first performance of what turned out to be a one-woman show. I am very grateful for their support.
This blog is the next stage.
I would like to keep in contact with people who have seen the show and others who are interested in the content. Everyone finds their own way of handling life change but by sharing tips and strategies we may help others on the journey. I’ll be setting down my thoughts, asking for comments and featuring guest bloggers.
If you would like to contribute a post please contact me.