Elaine Benton was born in 1963, England. 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 rapidly changed, 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 started writing a daily blog http://elainebenton.blogspot.com/ touching on varied topics all relating to living with chronic disease. As an author and international public speaker; her aim is to educate and inform, bringing greater awareness to the general public. Elaine is turning her hardships into something of value and purpose, contributing to society. What started off as a book has spiralled into an entire project as she battles each day with determination, great spirit and humour.