An important lesson my Dad having Parkinson’s has taught me

This is going to be a slightly different stream of consciousness from me, and while it is difficult to vulnerable to hundreds of potential strangers, I feel like this is too important a topic not to discuss.  

I have always been a daddy’s girl, I was too similar in temperament to my mum, whereas my dad was always the extroverted chilled parent.  I looked up to the fact that my dad owned his own business and travelled the world, and I think that’s a lot of the reason I am in the same position right now.  When you are younger you don’t necessarily see your parents as human and fallible, it’s easy to believe that nothing will ever change and that they will always be the adults guiding your way in life.  Then you get older, and at some point, your parents become the ones who need looking after, and you take the role of carer.

Suddenly you are in the position of responsibility, and it’s a terrifying moment.  My Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year and prior to starting his medication, went downhill very quickly.  Suddenly he struggled to get his balance and his shaking was so bad at times he couldn’t hold his own drink.  This was the man who used to be larger than life, who would always push me to fulfill my potential and was instrumental in giving me the confidence to live my life in a way that was on my terms, not society’s.  I know it is a cliche, but when I was a little girl my dad was my hero.

I remember in my early 20’s I applied for a job at a world-famous organisation, and was invited to do two days of face-to-face interviews at their head office.  I was, as you can imagine, incredibly nervous at interviewing and presenting over a 48-hour period and I remember saying to my dad why do I put myself through this stress.  His response was that it didn’t matter whether I got it, it was important just to do it.

“You’ll only regret the chances that you didn’t take”

This advice is what I lived by for so long, I did the interview and got the job – although I turned it down, which is a story for another time! Somewhere along the line, maybe it was going through a divorce, or let’s be honest lockdown and a global pandemic I forgot this.  It was only when my Dad was diagnosed did I start to think about it again.  I think I had been coasting for a long time and was comfortable, but not challenged or growing particularly.

Now, this has stopped.  I’m open.  I’m open to experiences, saying yes to things, trusting the universe, taking chances, and taking accountability for things I need to do to get where I want to be.  I am writing this because I want you all to remember that life is too short, and there will always be excuses not to do things.  I promise that you won’t regret doing your CIPS training, it won’t be easy, but the gains in employability, confidence, and knowledge are worth it.  We should not settle for less, we need to actively work at creating a life that we want because let’s be honest we don’t know how long any of us has left, and we don’t want to leave this life with regrets about what could have been.

Sending out a virtual hug to you and your loved ones if you are going through anything similar,

Level 3 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M3
6
15th Jan, 29th Jan, 5th Feb, 19th Feb, 26th Feb, 4th Mar
May 2024
M4
3
15th Apr, 22nd Apr, 29th Apr
July 2024
M5
3
3rd June, 10th June, 24th June
Nov 2024
M1
3
7th Oct, 21st Oct, 4th November
Mar 2025
M2&M3
6
13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd March
May 2025
M4
3
7th Apr, 14th Apr, 28th Apr
July 2025
M5
3
2nd June, 16th June, 30th June

Level 6 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M2 & M5
5
25th Jan, 1st Feb, 8th Feb, 22nd Feb, 29th Feb
May 2024
M4 & M7
4
18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
July 2024
M3 & M8
5
30th May, 20th June, 27th June, 4th July, 11th July
November 2024
M1
3
10th Oct, 24th Oct, 7th Nov
Mar 2025
M2 & M5
5
30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 27th Feb, 6th Mar
May 2025
M4 & M7
4
3rd April, 10th April, 1st May, 8th May
July 2025
M3 & M8
5
5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July

Level 5 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M5, M15 & M9
4
31st Jan, 7th Feb, 21st Feb, 28th Feb, 6th March
May 2024
M3 & M8
4
10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May
July 2024
M4
3
5th June, 11th June, 26th June
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
9th Oct, 16th Oct, 23rd Oct, 30th Oct, 6th Nov
Mar 2025
M15, M5, M9
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M3 & M8
4
9th April, 16th April, 30th April, 7th June
July 2025
M4
3
4th June, 18th June, 2nd July

Level 4 Diamond Timetable

Exam Series Module No. of sessions Dates
March 2024
M3, M5, M7
6
23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March
May 2024
M4 & M6
4
9th April, 16th April, 23rd April, 30th April
July 2024
M8
3
4th June, 18th June, 3rd July
November 2024
M1 & M2
5
8th Oct, 15th Oct, 22nd Oct, 29th Oct, 5th Nov
March 2025
M3, M5, M7
5
29th Jan, 5th Feb, 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 5th March
May 2025
M4 & M6
4
8th April, 15th April, 29th April, 6th June
July 2025
M8
3
10th June, 24th June, 8th July