This week Alison talks about how her children keep her going, and her desire to stay strong and be around to hold her grand children, sharing her story in the hope of encouraging others to share their experiences, helping to break down the stigma’s associated with having Parkinson’s.
How old were you when you were diagnosed
Tell us about being diagnosed?
My first symptom was a change in my hand writing not long after I had my second child. A couple of years later I developed a limp and foot drop on my right side which became progressively worse. After two years and eight doctors, I received the diagnosis of young onset Parkinson’s disease.
What is the greatest challenge that Parkinson’s poses to your everyday life?
At the moment tiredness.
Apart from a cure – what is your greatest wish?
My greatest wish is to be able to live as normally as possible with my family for as long as possible. I would love to be able to hold my grandchildren one day.
Apart from medication what has helped you most since your diagnosis?
Maintaining a positive attitude is the most important thing. Counselling after my diagnosis was a great help. Having children is also a great motivator to keep going every day.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
I have recently taken up tap dancing which is a lot of fun. I also sew, cook and read and love spending time with family and friends.