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Briony Cooke

Deep Brain Stimulation

17 April 2014 by Briony Cooke

This week I spent two days in hospital being assessed for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery. The first day involved psychological assessment and the second day observations and videoing of my condition when I am off and on my medication. The purpose was to ensure that my symptoms would respond to surgery and that I […]

Chris Boughton

The Final Hurdle

14 April 2014 by Chris Boughton

Just two months left and my BA in English and History will be finished. It seems amazing to think that it will be three years this August that I signed up for this degree. It seems to have gone so quickly. But it has served its purpose and both engaged my brain and distracted me […]

Chris Boughton

Marathon Man

18 March 2014 by Chris Boughton

Two and half years ago my son Ollie ran a half marathon, which is 13 miles, to raise money for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust. He had never embarked on anything like this before, and he had to train very hard before the event. Being the competitive beast that he is, he set himself a time target of completing the half marathon in less than two hours which, for a rookie, was a tough challenge.

Briony Cooke

Becoming a Grandmother

13 March 2014 by Briony Cooke

The most important event this year has been the arrival of our first grandchild – a boy born in mid-February. At 8 o’clock one Tuesday evening our son called us to say they were at the hospital, but the birth wasn’t going to happen quickly. Of course I didn’t sleep at all; it was a mixture of excitement and thrill about seeing this new member of the family and worry about the delivery.

Chris Boughton

Another Cunning Plan…

28 February 2014 by Chris Boughton

It is good to be working at home this week because Parkinson’s disease (PD) has made college particularly hard going in the last couple of weeks. Thankfully I currently have lessons at college only two afternoons a week, but last semester the lessons were in the mornings which, with hindsight, seems to suit me better. I think I just need to get myself into a routine. I had adapted my medication timing and dosage to optimise my ‘on time’ for the morning lessons and that worked reasonably well for me.

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