I was diagnosed at age 46 with Parkinson’s Disease. In disbelief I sought a second opinion – which confirmed a diagnosis for a condition which I had no knpowledge about.
With an MBA – I was working in Marketing and had 2 children. Two years later I retired. I then set out to find everything I could about PD.
Firstly – I did a full detox for a year – in an effort to starve it! The result, it was boring and made no difference at all to my symptoms.
Over time, the severe tremor just seemed to get worse. I stopped buying clothes with buttons or wearing makeup and driving became impossible.
A friend introduced me to ARC. Their philosophy of exaggerated movement made perfect sense. I started working with a neuro physiotherapist at ARC and PD warrior classes were born.
It was great to be in a group of similar people – all so supportive on the not so good days (when my meds failed) and on the great days (when I could do 100 sit to stands). Week by week, I became stronger and fitter.
Top of my ‘bucket list’ was to visit Antarctica. My amazing husband I made this a reality 3 years ago when we went on an expedition with National Geographic by boat from South America – through 40 foot waves across the Drake Passage. We went kayaking in freezing water and trekked through thigh deep snow.
Two years ago I underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and it has given me a whole new lease of life. While the disease continues to progress – I am getting on with life.
I have been living with PD for 14 years now. I am back driving – taking long distance flights and living my life to the full.