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Christmas poem to friends, family & PSPers 2017

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What’s happening with us?

Firstly, Charlie was struck by a stroke

I’m sure you’ll agree, it was no joke.

But he didn’t get better, he began to fall down,

He walked like a drunk and tripped like a clown.

Aha! Said the medics ‘Parkinsonian you see”

Then gave the diagnosis of P.S.P.

What’s that? You say. You may well ask.

SUPRA-NUCLEAR PALSY- Progressive and fast.

So off for a holiday,

Now we’re moving to town.

B'cause, though mostly up, he often falls down.

The town house is smaller,

the gardens are too,

The doctor is closer- we know what to do:-

We’ve ordered a wheelchair, ramps and rails.

We went on the website, we read all the tales.

There’s do-able exercises to keep it at bay,

We’ll take a trip or two and rest each day.

We’ll gather seeds –natives will suit –

Propagating those that are small and cute.

So we’re making the most of our time – could be years!

Christmas greetings and Seasonal Cheers

... best wishes from Charlie and Val

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Dicampbell profile image

Thank you Charlie and Val. Happy holidays from Larry and Diana as well’

41273416a profile image

Your poem is priceless. Thank you, you raised my spirits. Charlie and Val, I wish you a very Merry Christmas . Love, Mary B.

easterncedar profile image

Made me smile! Thanks and Merry Christmas! Here's to the cure. Love, ec

Greggles profile image

Wonderful! Happy Christmas. ⛄️

NannaB profile image

Brilliant! Wishing you a Christmas you will remember for good reasons.


Kevin_1 profile image

Hi Charlie and Val

Thank you!

Strength to you both.

Warm seasons greetings


Ratcliffe profile image

That's so true.... Thanks for that, really raised a smile...

Heady profile image

Hi, what a wonderful poem. Thank you.

My husbands PSP also came to light after suffering a stroke. He only got worse, instead of better. Yes, we went on holiday, got all the equipment in place, did the exercises, took each symptom on the chin. Made loads of memories, enjoyed life as much as we could. PSP did win, in the end, but I would like to think, it suffered a few black eyes and bruises, along the way. Neither of us let it have its own way. We fought and fought hard. It doesn't stop the evil day, but I am sure it prolonged it. Gives me comfort now, that in this house, it faced a severe challange.

Hope you have a lovely Christmas.

Lots of love


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crab2093 in reply to Heady

Thankyou, Needed that. We are from Townsville, Australia and wish we knew where everyone else comes from. There is no one else here with PSP ( that we can find) so we've joined a Parkinsons group. I hope that you are going along okay after the dreadful difficult times you have had (and we know are to come).

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Heady in reply to crab2093

I'm in the UK. There are others in Australia. Steve joined a Parkingson group for exercise. Certainly helped him. At least they understand some of the problems.

Lots of love


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crab2093 in reply to Heady

Yes there are a couple groups in the Southern parts of Oz ( Melbourne for sure and probably in Sydney and Brisbane) we are well in the North but once we get more settled we shall tackle a trip or two south. Thanks ... Val

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DennyM in reply to Heady

We are in Sydney Australia and have also joined a Parkinson group as there is nothing for PSP. The consultant who gave us the diagnosis in January this year has said there is no need to visit again as no treatment and to expect a steep decline in the next year. As they can only treat symptoms this is now in the hands of our GP. Bill is doing exercises every day to keep strength but it is getting hard for him.We have prepared our house and try to make every day count while we can still get around.

Good Luck Denise

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crab2093 in reply to DennyM

It is comforting to know that there are others in Australia with this terrible condition. Sorry to hear that your consultant is not seeing you again. In the Qld system we are with the public hospital and our consultant sees us every 3 months. We have certainly found that the exercises seem to make a big difference. Diagnosis was March. Charlie comes from Kyle Bay, Sydney. We thought that there would be PSP groups in such a big city.

Have a good Christmas ... cheers

Charlie and Val

doglington profile image

Best wishes to you too. - from the UK

Yes, you have to make the most of how it is ! We always felt we had to feel we were beating it. It won in the end but we did our best.

love from Jean x

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crab2093 in reply to doglington

Thanks, We find ourselves wondering how the time span will go. We understand it is different for everyone. It is hard to know what to plan for isn't it. Ch is nervous about bookng too far ahead but once we get settled into the house in town we may do a few spontaneous trips.

... Val

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doglington in reply to crab2093

The time span is indeed unpredictable so its not easy to plan far ahead.

For us, we had a holiday even though he used a wheelchair and was incontinent by him going into a nursing home and me taking him out every day. Disadvantage was that I didn't have a complete break. However, in our case, a month later he was hospitalised with an infection - home a week later completely bed bound and he died after 10 weeks. So we don't know how it will be.

Jean x

Yvonneandgeorge profile image

Merry Christmas xx.

Kaka1234 profile image

brilliant, that really made me smile

merry Christmas x

patch33 profile image

Joyeux Noel from france xx

Baytalon profile image

Such an upbeat, positive message. Thank you for sharing.

georgeg25 profile image

Thank you for this. Happy Christmas to you from Scotland. God Bless.

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