What about the most challenging walk?
The most challenging walk was also the Swiss one because of my other health issues. I love climbing mountains but other issues make these walks more threatening to my health. Amongst those issues are low blood pressure, atrial fibrillation (I carry emergency medication for this), and the possibility of blood clotting (I also take daily meds for this). So fainting after walking a long steep distance once, and nearly fainting a second time on a treacherous short climb was scary. The PD issue was one of balance on some near perpendicular climbs that had me leaning abnormally forward.
What has been the greatest reward from your years of walking and fundraising?
My greatest reward from these walks have been multiple. Firstly, I love walking and I believe that having a passion helps in obtaining the rewards that the loss of dopamine is trying to negate. I love that my wife Corrie has been able to join me, discovering the athlete in her; sharing my PD experiences with other walkers, making friends with some; finding out that I could achieve these experiences with little trouble, after many years with PD; and that I have been able to raise a little money to find a cure. I am also finally making more sense of why I have PD.
You can follow Will and Corrie’s journey, read poetry and stories from previous walks on his blog at willtowalk.com.au and donate to their fundraising page here.
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