Michael Shepherd AO – Australia
In a strange way it can be harder for the spouse without the disease. Watching your partner’s degenerative journey and seemingly unable to help. It's yours too. Michael and Robyn have shared over 40 rich years of marriage which have defied a Parkinson's diagnosis and multiple DBS surgeries. As they say a problem shared is a problem halved. While Michael was deservedly awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 it pales in comparison to the respect, admiration and gratitude bestowed on him by Robyn and their ever expanding family.