An inspiring hero story this week from Angela who participated in our Larapinta Trek a few weeks ago. Diagnosed over 8 years ago, Angela pushed through the challenging Larapinta trail walk with courage and determination, and came away with some rewarding lessons about herself.
What drives your commitment to finding a cure?
I have been living with Parkinson’s for over 8 years, it is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which means my symptoms will get worse. As there is no cure for Parkinson’s there are times when I get quite sad. I am hopeful that in the future there will be better treatments and a cure for this insidious disease.
Why Shake it Up?
It is the country’s leader into research for Parkinson’s, has partnered with the Michael J Fox Foundation and 100% of all donations is directed into research.
Tell us about the Larapinta: Trek for Treatment.
What a challenging trek it was but so rewarding. Early morning starts but worth it to see the sunrises, steep climbs but great aerobic exercise and magnificent views. Being taken out of your comfort zone, being challenged, having the peace and time to reflect and discover that you might not be able to change a situation but you can adapt.
Meeting great people who are kind, thoughtful and fun. I have buried my head in the sand these last 8 years and in 5 days on the trek I have learned so much about my Parkinson’s. I feel empowered and not alone, inspired to make better choices regarding my health and fitness and I have rediscovered hope.
Best advice for those looking to Shake It Up?
Have a plan and get fit! Make sure your walking shoes are comfortable and you have good quality socks because blisters can be miserable. Have fun.