As we draw closer to April which is Parkinson’s Awareness month, Move4Parkinson’s will be preparing to deliver our message of hope – which quite simply is if you have Parkinson’s, it is possible to have a better quality of life through education and empowerment.
Less than six months ago, I was just another person with Parkinson’s struggling through my daily routine as best as I could (even though I didn’t really know what to do). Then, through a mutual friend I met Mags who had set up Move4Parkinson’s in November 2011. I didn’t know anything about Move4Parkinson’s or Mags’s own journey with this disease. In fact, Mags was the first person with Parkinson’s I had met since my own diagnosis almost four years ago and it was so refreshing to meet someone with such an optimistic outlook on life despite having already lived with this disease for eight years. Her infectious personality and relentless efforts to help people with Parkinson’s captivated my attention and through our friendship grew my own sense of hope and self belief. She has greatly helped me in my battle with Parkinson’s as well as others and this has not gone unnoticed as can be read on page two in the European Parkinson’s Disease Association magazine, EPDA Plus http://www.epda.eu.com/publications/epda-plus/download/18/multilingual/
I can’t speak for everyone, but for me the day of my Parkinson’s diagnosis was a dark one that left me feeling like I was down in the dirt. I had shameful feelings of being useless and wanting to hide my inadequacies. But I’ve learned that if you reach out for help, it is possible to grow and have a better quality of life, both physically and emotionally. So don’t feel alone but reach out and grow, and as Mags clearly shows, there’s a flower ready to bloom in all of us.