Chronic Disease

Internet Support Groups

Elaine Benton | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Before Internet, e-mails, mobile phones, the technology we enjoy today, and now take for granted, it was far harder to find the latest information, meet with others in the same situation and impossible to correspond with fellow sufferers half way round the world. If there was a support group located near to one's home, then it was a stroke of luck.

Parkinson's Waits For No Man

Elaine Benton | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Parkinson's waits for no man, and certainly not this woman, as I can't type at the same speed as my thoughts any more, and if I don't get them down straight away, they are lost. Writing with pen and paper is of no help at all, in fact it makes matters even worse.

Stepping Out

Elaine Benton | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

For any Parkinson's patient, stepping out, can be a stressful experience, even when invited to a happy occasion or event. Most healthy people don't realise what it takes for someone suffering any chronic condition to go out and socialise.

Being a Caregiver

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Let's be brutally honest; becoming a caregiver is without doubt a job nobody in their right mind asks for, wants or expects. Suddenly a person can find themselves in the position of having to take care of an ageing parent or spouse. The hours are long; constant tiresome challenges, no vacation, it is a 24/7 job.

The Many Elements of Chronic Disease

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

All chronic diseases have various elements, but one thing they all share in common is the emotional and mental health aspect which often gets overlooked, especially when physical symptoms of chronic disease can be so disturbing and distinctly visual.

Inspiration

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The growing number of young people being diagnosed every day with Young Onset Parkinson's is astonishing. I was diagnosed at age 44 and at the time I thought this was very young, but since then I've been in contact with many fellow sufferers, some of whom were diagnosed in their twenties! Suddenly 44 doesn't sound so young!

Parkinson's Gift of Insomnia

Elaine Benton | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I write with stark raw honesty and humour about living with chronic disease and was astonished at the heart-warming reception my little book with its big message received. I quickly realised that fellow sufferers and caregivers related to my poems, knowing they are not alone in their daily struggles.

HIV Vaccine That Could Turn Disease Into ‘Minor Infection'

Kyrsty Hazell | Posted 29.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists from the Spanish Superior Scientific Research Council have discovered an immunity vaccine that could potentially prevent HIV turning into A...