Fashionista, Co-Owner Garland & Garland, mother and wife.
Phoebes has been on the Parkinson’s journey with her husband Robert, since his diagnosis in 2014. She has seen him struggle with some of the symptoms and medications, some of which have not been very effective. Phoebes and her husband Robert both work in the fashion industry, with their business, Garland & Garland Fashion. Phoebes has become a passionate supporter of Shake It Up, with a strong desire to remove the stigma associated with Parkinson’s and is proud to be an ambassador on behalf of the Australian fashion industry.
“I am so proud to be representing the Australian fashion industry as an ambassador for Shake It Up. I am dedicated to taking the stigma out of this highly unfashionable disease and I am passionate about helping to raise awareness for funding for Shake It Up, who guarantee that 100% of all funds raised go directly into research in Australia and partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
My husband Robert Garland, who has worked for over 45 years in the Australian fashion industry, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014. It has been an incredibly emotional journey for me not knowing where this disease will lead him in the years to come. It is important to both of us this disease does not progress in any way.
Exercise is such an important factor in to managing Parkinson’s disease symptoms and it has been proven to show significant results with improved cognitive thinking and lessening physical symptoms. My husband Robert swears by it to manage ailments.
There is nothing fashionable about Parkinson’s disease and we don’t intend to give in to this in any way, shape or form. We need to find a cure for this disease which affects about 100,000 Australians.”