April – Jan Doyle

THE WARRIOR SPIRIT AWARD FOR APRIL GOES TO THE “STEP MACHINE” – Jan Doyle!
Jan’s current exercise/activity routine consists of:

  • Back exercises in the morning to alleviate stiffness
  • 1 hour walk after morning medication
  • After the walk Jan runs through her PD Warrior exercises which include a combination of core exercises, 10 week challenge exercises and the new online group classes.
  • Jan also likes to spend time gardening which she finds to be good exercise for the body and mind.
  • Jan plays Mahjong with her friends weekly which again provides her with great enjoyment and a mental workout.
  • Prior to Covid restrictions Jan was also attending gym classes and yoga 3 days a week.

Here’s what Jan had to say about her experience with PD Warrior:

“PD Warrior is a very important part of my life – both the exercises and the Tribe 365 messages. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010. I looked into what exercise classes were available for PD and found that there was nothing on the Gold Coast which is where I live. In about 2014 I was told of a PD Warrior practitioner in northern NSW who came to Tweed Heads each week so I did about 5 sessions with him which got me inspired to keep doing them on my own.

When I learned about Tribe 365 it was just the right time for me to step up, then I did the 10 Week Challenge last year and realised the way I was doing the core exercises wasn’t pushing me enough.

My Parkinson’s hasn’t changed much over the years and I like to think that the exercises have played a part in that.

My goal is just to stay active and healthy and continue to travel. I certainly believe that the exercises I do have been a huge benefit and I actually love doing them. The only thing I can’t exercise for is my sleep pattern – a good 7 or 8 hours of sleep would be great!”

Inspirational stuff Jan! Congratulations!

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January – Julio d’Escrivan

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June – John Lake

Looking back, some indicators of PD had been there for maybe up to two years before my diagnosis in April 2019. Principally my hand writing (I am R hand dominant) was becoming more and more laboured. Some eight months earlier I had decided to learn the violin, so the clincher became that I could not bow smoothly with my right arm, which became increasingly frustrating for me and my teacher. My father was afflicted with Parkinson’s late in his life, so all added up, the diagnosis was just a confirmation of what I already suspected.

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