Recent Writing

Eilean Donan castle and MS don't mix

Eilean Donan castle and MS don't mix

  • The Scotsman
  • 21 July 2017

THE ticket clerk refuses to take any money from me for my visit to Eilean Donan Castle She’s seen me relying on a walking stick to get even as far as the counter, no wonder she’s doubtful about me exploring the precipitous inclines of the castle.
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The ordeal of theatre with MS

The ordeal of theatre with MS

  • The Scotsman
  • 15 March 2017

BALANCE remains elusive, but I put one wobbly foot in front of the other and make my way down to the dress circle in Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.
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Research brings hope for thinking ahead

Research brings hope for thinking ahead

  • The Scotsman
  • 10 January 2017

PROPPED up in bed, I’m glad I can hold the yarn needed for knitting this doll between my thumb and forefinger. Shaking a bit, I wrap the wool around the needle in my right hand and try to create a new stitch. My hands are so shaky that I fumble it. And drop the knitting.
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How becoming ill made me rethink my journalism.

How becoming ill made me rethink my journalism.

  • The Journalist
  • 12 December 2016

BEFORE I got my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) two years ago, I used to work as a financial journalist. I was freelance but earning enough to pay the bills by writing about interest rates, inflation and inter-bank activity. I combined this with the occasional stint in public relations, usually for financial services firms.
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Minding the MS gap

Minding the MS gap

  • The Scotsman
  • 22 November 2016

EVER since the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) two years ago, life has divided into “before” and “after”. Before, I was a hill walker; I was lucky enough to have a job that meant travelling the world; I was free to dream about my future. After MS, I feel grateful if my mobility and strength are good enough to make myself a cup of tea.
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MS and looking to the future

MS and looking to the future

  • The Scotsman
  • 07 November 2016

PROPPED up in bed, I’m glad I can hold the yarn needed for knitting this doll between my thumb and forefinger. Shaking a bit, I wrap the wool around the needle in my right hand and try to create a new stitch. My hands are so shaky that I fumble it. And drop the knitting. The Multiple Sclerosis (MS) again.
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How camping trip has helped me forget my illness

How camping trip has helped me forget my illness

  • The Scotsman
  • 24 October 2016

WE’RE sat around the stove, huddling as close to it as we can. I’ve temporarily forgotten about my Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in a more pressing and immediate struggle; trying to keep warm.
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How MS proves the importance of family support

How MS proves the importance of family support

  • The Scotsman
  • 19 October 2016

The importance of family lies at the heart of Ian Fleming's Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang. Seeing the show reminded me how much I rely on my own family for support with my MS.
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How meditation at Dhanakosa helps my MS

How meditation at Dhanakosa helps my MS

  • The Scotsman
  • 12 October 2016

I PICK up a cotton blanket from the pile in the Shrine Room at Dhanakosa; its dash of red contrasting with the white-washed stone walls.
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My struggle swimming on a loch

My struggle swimming on a loch

  • The Scotsman
  • 26 September 2016

STANDING gazing at the waters of Loch Voil, I am regretting not bringing my swimming costume with me for this particular adventure. Never mind. I decide to disrobe down to my underwear, placing my clothes on the ground. Modesty be damned.
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Yard opens doors to public

Yard opens doors to public

  • The List
  • 18 September 2016

On Sundays The Yard opens its doors to the public. Kids can enjoy the adventure playground, get messy in the art room, roll about on the soft play or build a castle in the sandpit
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A Lady's Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

A Lady's Guide to the Art of Being a Wingman

  • Fest
  • 22 August 2016

The experience of watching this show is a bit like re-living a night out with your best female friends from university; it's full of the cringe-inducing mistakes and naiveté of youth.
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