285: Vikki Claflin: Living And Laughing With Parkinsons
Todays guest is an amazingly positive lady, who found her life turned around at the age of 50 when many are looking forward to a life of good health into their later years.
She received the diagnosis that she was a victim of Parkinsons disease, which was not the kind of words that anyone hopes to hear.
Although in truth she didn’t stay in the victim mode for long.
As after many dark days spent coming to terms with her diagnosis, her natural comic optimism and irreverence began to resurface and she started writing on her blog about the funny side of living with Parkinsons.
She shared the good the bad, the up and downs, the funny and the downright hilarious.
And alongside her loving family, set off to ensure the world knows that there is a brightside to living with this chronic illness.
Delivering her story in the form of the the best selling book Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s she has seen her life become a whirl of public speaking and media interviews, as the world looks to be informed about something that can happen to all of us.
She is a humor writer, author, public speaker and former newspaper columnist and regular contributor to the Huffington Post and now a guest on Join Up Dots too.
So what was it that she found in herself, that pulled herself out of the dark and despair?
And what advice would she give to the listeners who have family members dealing with this on a daily basis?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Vikki Claflin
During the episode we discussed such weighty topics such as:
How she is so aware of the people that she surrounds herself with and will say farewell to anyone that she feels brings her down.
Why she fought hard not to go to the Doctors for two years, as she was scared to hear the words he was going to say, but thought “Yippee” when she did!
How she struggled with the imposter syndrome and didn’t quite believe that she was the right person to write a book.
How sometimes in the middle of the night she accepts that the condition will get worse for her, but believes they will find a cure before it does!
How she did her best to keep it a secret from everyone for years, until finally accepting that it was her and she could handle it.
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