Elaine’s book “Parkinson’s, shaken, not stirred” is a collection of poems offering support and comfort to fellow sufferers and caregivers, relating to their daily struggles. From personal experience she has written with stark raw honesty and humour, something patients nor doctors rarely get to read which has captured attention world-wide. Elaine has poured her heart and soul into this book, giving a fresh perspective from the patient’s view, which holds a strong message of hope, living a full happy life despite ill health and adversity, whilst raising greater awareness of these two diseases to the general public. https://www.amazon.com/author/elainebenton
Elaine was born in 1963, England, writing poetry and short stories since she was a child. Diagnosed at the age of five with Gaucher disease; a rare chronic inherited disorder caused by a genetic mutation, for which there is no cure. At the age of 44, she was dealt a second blow being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. As her life began to rapidly change, she began to write poems expressing what so many sufferers were going through but unable to put into words. With the desire to help others in the same situation, a book was born. Feeling she had something unique to offer, she also started writing a daily blog http://elainebenton.blogspot.com/ touching on varied topics all relating to living with chronic disease. Through public speaking Elaine is turning her hardships into something of value and purpose, contributing to society by speaking at various organisations and groups; her aim is to educate and inform. What started off as a book has spiraled into an entire project as she battles each day with determination, great spirit and humour.