This week Liz has shared her personal story of being diagnosed so young, to inspire others to share their story and give a voice to people living with Parkinson’s.
How old were you when you were diagnosed?
Tell us about being diagnosed?
I saw a neurologist in 2013 and had lots of tests including an MRI which showed some of my symptoms were caused by spinal canal stenosis and impingement of nerves.
My balance problems, depression, anxiety, restless legs and arms and fatigue were attributed to Parkinson’s disease.
What is the greatest challenge that Parkinson’s poses to your everyday life?
I still work as a registered nurse but find it a challenge each day. I get incredibly tired and physically have aches and pains. I get a tremor at times, especially when stressed or tired.
I don’t think my memory is as good as it used to be.
I really worry about how long I can continue working.
Apart from a cure – what is your greatest wish?
To be able to look into a crystal ball and see how things will work out.
It is very frustrating not to be able to know how this disease will progress and how quickly I may be incapacitated.
Apart from medication what has helped you most since your diagnosis?
My very supportive family are my rock.
What do you love to do in your spare time?
I used to ride my horse but don’t feel I can anymore.
I love being home with my dogs and pottering around the farm, collecting eggs and enjoying the beautiful Adelaide Hills scenery.
I get across to Sydney whenever I can to see my daughter and grandson.