A warm welcome to Focused Friends. The friends referred to in the title are Tracy White and Deano Parsons. The two became friends while volunteering for a support group on Facebook, aimed at supporting those with Parkinson’s Disease. The group came to an end and so Tracy and Deano set about creating a replacement, which they called Parkinson’s Road. Over the three years, or so, since, Parkinson’s Road has a membership in the thousands, from across the globe and a team of volunteers who also come from far flung countries.

Tracy and Deano decided that they wanted to share this message of not letting Parkinson’s, or any type of adversity, stop people from experiencing the joys and the values of life, no matter how small or simple. The attitide of ‘seizing the moment’, not missing an opportunity, the determination to try new things, to explore and to live a full life are all the main drivers behind Tracy and Deano’s motivation.

This is how Focused Friends was born. Simply from an idea and a life ethic. The main method that Tracy and Deano will use to reach out to people will be through the medium of video. Both Tracy and Deano love the creative process involved in making videos. That said, Deano is a published writer and a dabbling artist and Tracy also builds a lot of creativity into her life through dance, through cooking and with her children. It is fair to say that you will find a growing library of fun, interesting and informative videos made by Tracy and Deano but, also, it is reasonable to say that you will be given access to a whole variety of creative methods and outcomes, as Tracy and Deano go about daily life and, at times, participate in what takes them away from their typical day and into a mini adventure; from simply trying new things to adventures in other places.

Are you ready to watch Tracy and Deano go about life with a ‘can do’ attitude, a sense of adventure and a willingness to share that with you? Are you possibly even likely to have a go yourself and try out some of the ideas that Tracy and Deano try out?

Tracy and Deano would like to be as interactively connected with you as is reasonable. They would love to receive messages from you that describe your own approach to living a creative and vibrant life. They will happily interview you on Zoom or other video service providers and share the recorded outcome to their social media sites to help inspire others. They want to hear the unusual, the funny, the emotionally moving, the happy…everything from you, about how you begin this process for yourself.

Message from Deano:
“We thank you for your interest in our project. We hope to make new friends along the way and we hope to share new adventures, with new people, in new places and to push ourselves to doing the things we’ve dreamed of. To recap, this site is not about living with Parkinson’s, it is about living with any type of difficulty, but Tracy and Deano will show, through their own Parkinson’s, how change is vital, fun and actually incredibly healthy.” – Deano Parsons.

A Few Facts…

Deano is a retired psychotherapist with a 20 year career history. He is a writer, artist and broadcaster, by profession. He lives in Suffolk with his two cheeky dogs and his husband.

Tracy has six children and she lives on a sprawling farm in Lincolnshire, with her husband. She adores dancing and cooking.

Tracy and Deano have both experienced recent loss and grief. Tracy lost her father and Deano, just in January 2020, lost his mother. They will be showing how they approach this and how to focus on fun and the future, once more.

“Focus on what you can do, not what you cannot.”
– Valerie Cooper.