<![CDATA[Give a Little Sunshine - Julie's Blog]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:26:35 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[Noodle Relay for Parkinson's Awareness Week 2012]]>Fri, 13 Apr 2012 19:46:44 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2012/04/noodle-relay-for-parkinsons-awareness-week-2012.htmlPicture
Noodle Challenge 2012

Noodle, a brain cell toy, will take on a challenging 470 mile relay around the Yorkshire and Humber region using some very unusual modes of transport.
Noodle's relay is a fun way to raise awareness of the need to fund research and support for Parkinson's sufferers.
See Parkinson's UK Website or short cut to  Noodle p
age to find out what all the fuss is about. 
The Noodle hits Leeds on Sunday 22nd April at Weetwood Hall Hotel 12 noon onwards in the glazed area at the rear. Please join us for a drink and cheer on the Noodles next relay couple, Christine and Graham as they make their way to the next stop in Harrogate. See link for photos :  Noodle's Travels

<![CDATA[MIND Online Campaign]]>Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:34:37 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2012/04/mind-online-campaigne.htmlWelcome to MIND Online.

The site MIND Online is a dedicated platform for those whose lives have been affected by neurodegenerative diseases to share their stories of how Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia and parkinsonian syndromes has touched them, their family or friends. Patients, caregivers and family members can also share how they would like to make a difference. GE Healthcare invites you to please sign up and submit your brief story to inform the campaign from the grassroots.
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<![CDATA[The Positive Care Programme]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2011 22:39:45 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/11/post-title-click-and-type-to-edit4.htmlPicture
The Positive Care Programme 

Over the last 10 weeks I have participated in the ‘Positive Care Programme’, which is a 20 weeks course of complimentary therapies and motivational workshops. The benefits in my case, has been a positive experience so far and is teaching me skills and tools for life.

So far I have tried the Alexander Technique, Acupuncture, Healing, Tai Chi, Dru Yoga and Reflexology and several workshops, which have all had positive effects. I am definitely sleeping better but that might also be something to do with the relaxation CD I borrowed as I haven’t managed to stay awake until the end yet… Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!

The weekly session consists of one individual therapy, a group therapy and a workshop of your choice of which I choose from a list.

The individual therapies are any of the following; acupuncture, massage, reflexology, healing, Shiatsu, Indian head massage, Emotional Freedom technique etc

The group therapies are Meditation, Dru Yoga, Tai Chi, Alexander Technique and Therapeutic Art.

The workshops courses are ‘Tools and Skills for Living’, ‘Positive Steps’, ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ and ‘Being Friends with your Body’ and cover a wide range of subjects with motivational speakers.

The positive Care programme is designed to give attention to the mind, body and spirit, so that over time positive change may be experienced. The programme has been devised for people with long term conditions, including mental health problems. The programme also supports carers.

To read more about PCProgramme (Lotto funded) or if you live in Leeds or the surrounding area, see how to obtain an application form for 2012 please visit the website: Positive Care Programme

<![CDATA[Conductive Education Website]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:57:50 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/09/conductive-education-updated-website.htmlPicture
Click for.....  Conductive Education Website

Recently updated:
The Foundation for Conductive Education is a leading UK charity based at the National Institute of Conductive Education working to improve the lives of children and adults with neurological motor disorders through the training and practice of Conductive Education.

<![CDATA[Wilfing on Google]]>Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:32:04 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/09/wilfing-on-google.htmlPicture

Surfing the net for specific information is a good thing but rarely does it stop there with me because I have become kind of a ‘Wilfer’, an easily distracted surfer on the tinterweb…… 

‘Wilf’ is a term derived from the phrase ‘what was I looking for?’ (while browsing the internet) and is a recognised habit of certain users, idly surfing the net and jumping between random pages for hours on end.
It’s not the lure of pop-up ad’s or the internet shopping that interests me but I frequently get caught up on sites that redirect me to a labyrinthe of links that don’t always divulge the information required. 

In the end, I have several pages open and have either forgotten the original query or drifted onto another interesting, information quest. 

Alas to another google-eyed hour or two lost to scrolling up, down, left, right and centre……

<![CDATA[Two Years Since Diagnosis ]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2011 15:02:09 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/08/two-years-since-diagnosis.htmlPicture

It has been two years since my diagnosis of PD and I am over the moon that I feel as good as I do. 

I am grateful to all in the medical profession that have had anything to do with my health and wellbeing. I have benefitted from all the expertise and learned much from everyone to keep me fit and as well as possible now and for well into the future.

Big thanks also to my family and friends old and new, that had helped me through the difficult time of acceptance and adjustment to a long-term condition and for being there for me whenever I need you. 

I would not feel as empowered as I do without all the help, support and encouragement that I have received.

It took me a year to regain confidence in me again but since then I have visited many new places, met lots of new friends and experienced many new things that make me smile. I hope to do more of the same and tick some more things off my never-ending list….. I tick one off and add two more!
Many thanks to all....x

<![CDATA[Conductive Education Latest Update]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2011 13:58:46 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/08/conductive-education-latest-update.htmlPicture
Conductive Education Update

The ten weeks programme of Conductive Education rehabilitation has now been completed. This unique method of learning has helped to improve the quality of life for all those that attended the course and for their families.

 The level of mobility was improved and more control over movements achieved by all by using simple but effective methods. Just using speech for instance, automatically triggers your movements.  Simply saying out loud ‘I stand up’ and/or counting from 1 to 5 while attempting to stand by the count of 1 becomes easier with practice. Using the rhythm of speech such as ‘left, right, left’ or counting also helps with hesitancy, freezing episodes and for momentum when walking.

Good balance when standing and walking were achievable with surprisingly less effort and energy by learning to find your own centre of gravity, shifting/transferring your weight and letting gravity do most of the work for you.

There is a lot more to Conductive Education but speech, writing and walking are all linked together for everyone. If you improve one, it automatically improves the others. Because speech helps thought processes and movement, Conductive Education uses this natural link in the programme to help overcome some of the problems caused by the lack of dopamine. When following methods shown at the sessions, further improvement and preventative measures, can be achieved by putting all that had been learned, into practice on a daily basis at home. Further sessions a few times a year should help to keep on top of PD to help slow down or halt further deterioration.

 Conductive Education has been beneficial to all and offers a positive solution and hope for the future.

                                                Click Here for CE Website

 PS: CE website is updating so 



<![CDATA[Poppy Madness!]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:33:28 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/07/poppy-madness.htmlPicture
A poppyfield somewhere near A64
This year has been a bumper time for wild poppies in certain areas of the UK due to the warmest spring for years and it was reported that crops, such as rapeseed, failed due to the weather conditions or that the crop competed with the prolific poppies for space. 
Harvesting the rapeseed was not viable, apparently, as the poppy seed heads are difficult and timely to filter out……hence the odd field full of poppies and the photographers delight! 

<![CDATA[Conductive Education Week 7]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:41:28 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/06/conductive-education-week-7.htmlPicture
Smile Week
Seven weeks into my course and the sessions are going well.  A few more slip-ups than usual today when performing certain sequences of movements as instructed but apart from that, there is improvement with my flexibility.

Our group programme for Parkinson’s has been gradually built up to improve all movement from walking, sitting, getting up/down, in/out of bed, breathing, speech etc.

Today we did facial expressions and movement exercises with the aid of a mirror. This helps greatly for those of us with loss of facial expression, as it is a very important part of everyday non-verbal communication. Internally we feel that we are smiling but our expressions may not show what we are feeling inside. The exercises are useful also on a preventative level.

The Conductors specialise in motor disorder, i.e. central nervous system problems resulting in specific movement difficulties. The most common condition in this group, for adults are, Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, cerebral palsy and head injury. 

Conductive Education works well alongside other therapies. We all learn in different ways and each of us requires a range of information with which we can pull from in order to improve the quality of our lives.

By experiencing different ways of achieving the same aims, I am able to choose the approach that best suits me. This is a very important part of my personal learning.

More next week: 


<![CDATA[Summer Solstice]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:26:13 GMThttp://givealittlesunshine.co.uk/1/post/2011/06/summer-solstice.html                                             The Longest DayPicture

The Summer Solstice today has been the longest day ever for me but for more reasons than the obvious.
I wrote a ‘To Do’ list last night, mainly of sorting/filing paperwork and I also planned to halve my heaving wardrobe to regain some order about the place.
I was up and about for about 8am, breakfast was an unhurried yogurt sprinkled with Granola and a few cups of tea whilst checking emails and putting together final photos for articles to update my web pages in between my chores.
By 10am I was ready to start wading through the paperwork and it was TV off. I got lost in reading articles and generally just moving the paperwork around willy-nilly on the bed, the neat piles that was, now a sea of A4 and discarded envelopes. My recycling bag stuffed full and a pile ready for shredding….. and then it was nearly dinner time!
I dusted a book and opened it up where the bookmark lay three chapters in….. fatal! Still it was only 1.30 and time for lunch. Time to read another chapter and finish off those articles whilst my homemade pizza was under the grill.  The pitta with cheese atop tomato chutney didn’t take long…. It was a new recipe dictated by a near empty ‘fridge.
I cleared a bit more but the tedious job warranted several cups of tea and a few ‘phonecalls later it was time to get back to it but no worries…. I’d got loads of time left.
By 4pm  I could see my duvet…hurahhh! But the room was still up-side-down…doh! I was tired by then and hungry so I took another break and switched the TV on and that’s when it dawned…..! I knew it was the longest day today but not that my wall clock had been on a go-slow as well as me and finally did its last ‘tick’ at that twenty-to the hour point, the up-hill struggle just too much ‘tock’ for a duracell about to expire. The clock read 3.40 but in reality it was after 8pm. The evening was still light so no clues there.
It's nearly midnight now and order is restored.....kind of! I've got quite a bit done but  it’s been the l-o-n-g-e-s-t day ever!!!!