Penny Hemans (23 December / Westminster)
Biography of Penny Hemans
A qualified secretary, horticulturalist, Reflexologist and Reiki healer, I was born in Westminster but lived in Aberdeen for the first three years of my life, returning each year with my family and securing my Scottish roots, that remain firmly fixed to this day. I have hiked, biked, climbed, cruised, jogged and driven around much of the British Isles, despite contracting M.E. in 1984, lived and worked in Japan and Australia and backpacked around India for a year in 1985/6 visiting the Taj Mahal, the foothills of the Himalayas and many other wonders of the Indian continent. During this time, I was invited to join a medical team who voluntarily treated the Adavasees, the farming families, who had little knowledge at that time of personal hygiene and its effect on the human condition. On one day, our doctor and nurses treated 170 people in two hours.
I wrote my life journal during a period of isolation when in the Azores, Portugal in April 2000. On 11 September 2000, I survived a serious car crash and on journeying to America for treatment, met and befriended a great healer, a Native American Chieftain in Boulder, Colorado in summer 2001.
I have two wonderful children, Sophie 35, and William 32, who both live and work in London, together with an extended family who are all special to me. In August 1997 I was invited to join the Aldeburgh Poetry Group under the leadership of Trix Cockshott who is my “Teacher and Mentor”. In 2003, I moved up to Scotland and lived at the edge of the Tensmuir Forest for a while before moving up to Stonehaven. In August 2005, diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, I was given 6-10 days to live. However, now in remission, thanks to the brilliance of the medical team in Aberdeen, I continue with my therapies and poetry, and have just begun novel number 5. 10 July 2009: moving onwards once again. Why? Because a beautiful new soul has entered our lives. To all the grandparents - happiness always: -)))
Penny Hemans's Works:
Poetry published in various journals.
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