My health has been problematic for some time. The Parkinson’s progresses slowly with the most noticeable symptoms being an inability to write, a growing problem typing and a difficulty with struggling to remember words when speaking. I still preach on average one service a fortnight but can foresee the day coming when that will not be possible. The other problem is my back. Though a long-standing problem, it became critical in April 2016 when I damaged it badly on a walk. Since then I have had a floppy left foot due to damaged nerves which makes walking uncomfortable. Then in Jan 2016 my back deteriorated due to two compressed disks and stenosis of the lower spine, resulting in my being unable to walk upright or stand. Except for a period of 10-12 weeks last summer this was the situation until a fortnight ago when again I have had some mobility and been able to stand and walk, though standing still is not possible without pain. My hope is that I can now exercise and strengthen the muscles so as to prevent another relapse.
All this explains our decision to stop book production, at least as it has been done (sewn-section hardbacks) as this takes too much manual work and dexterity. I am investigating continuing some titles as paperbacks (yes, going over to the dark side!!) but no decision made as yet. We are steadily selling off our current stock and a number of titles have already sold out.