Good news for me!
NO MATTER WHAT!
Our slogan is very clear!
I am a person living with Parkinsons. I was diagnosed officially on February 1, 1999, but I was aware of symptoms as early as September 1990. Just as Parkinsons is relentless in its search for new victims, targeting more than 25 people per day, we need to be relentless in our fight back - NO MATTER WHAT!
When I answered the most important reason for the SuperWalk, I immediately thought of RESEARCH and, to be honest , a cure for this dreadful disease would indeed be the main reason most of us take part. That leads us to a very real second reason, to SUPPORT our fellow sufferers in the battle they face each day. As an individual with Parkinsons, I can assure you it is a very lonely fight and there is little joy in it, BUT when I am with a group of supportive PLWP (Persons living with Parkinsons), I feel encouraged and strengthened and ready to take on new challenges, like joining the others on SuperWalk, NO MATTER WHAT!!!
This brings me to the third reason I want to be part of this massive exhibition of exhuberation in support of a cause – ADVOCACY! No one should be alone! Having come through a very difficult year and a half, seeing very little of family or friends, because of the restrictions, placed on us (all of us) by COVID 19, and the further restrictions placed on us, who live in a retirement (seniors’) home, I can assure everyone that I have had my fill of being lonely, and having no one to speak on my behalf. Alone, we can do very little to defend ourselves. We who have Parkinsons are quite weak and are not able to take on the constant every day hurdles that face us, such as finding transportation, or a good table at a restaurant, covered enclosures as you wait for a bus, and many more. EDUCATION is also very important. There is a need to know what is currently the latest information available, Deep Brain Stimulation has been around for several years now and has been proving very successful. Some peoples’ lives have been changed by it.
Parkinson Canada has printed out many leaflets and brochures that contain information that is useful to those who are newly diagnosed and to the public as well. These are available just for the asking. There are many PLWP here in my building and it is my hope that by spending a few hours trying to educate the staff on what makes these dear souls more comfortable with their present condition, it may result in fewer falls and accidents. We don't want accidents. NO MATTER WHAT!
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