On a sunny day in August 2018 I found myself a Datscan to confirm what I already had been told: You have young onset Parkinson’s disease. My arms looked weak and I felt generally under attack.

Since my formal diagnosis in September I’ve been through all to predictable and reliable stages of grief. The dark days are still there, but I’ve decided to try to ‘own’ this disease, harness it and make something positive from it.

I’ve upped my exercise and signed up to a London to Paris bike ride (see Just Giving link below), and have I’ve kicked of “Painting with Mr P”.

To remind me to stay positive and take courage from my ‘inner viking’, I’ve committed to a lasting visual talisman, my Valkyrie. What a difference six months can make:

January 2019

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/barnesbate

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