I gladly commend the writings of Richard Teo, who informs us about Parkinson's disease from the perspective of a man who has battled with it over the ? years and achieved some victories along the way. Small wonder he is regarded as a hero!
His attitude to the disease is very positive. Many another sufferer would have accepted its onset - with dread, no doubt - and concluded that he or she was a helpless victim. Not Brother Teo! The list of activities in which he is involved or indulges is impressive and should be an inspiration to us all. Certainly, for him life is not over at 70.
It is his conviction that life has much to offer that leads him to seek to communicate his experience to other sufferers. Writing is but one means of doing so: his participation in the activities of the Parkinson's Society (which, I am sure, he would say needs greater support from sufferers in order that it in turn might offer greater support to sufferers) is another.
In conclusion, I dare to suggest that it is his Christian faith that inspires Brother Teo in his desire to do good. Of course, in that desire, he is emulating the Man of whom it was said two thousand years ago, "He went about doing good."
Patrick Conley, LLM, ACIS
Hornchurch, Essex, England