I had an inspiring conversation with Louise Penn, April Spirit Award Winner recently and wanted to share some of her experiences as someone who was quite fit until a period of lockdown in the UK crept up on her and caused a significant impact on mobility and daily function.
Stephen attends our ARC clinic weekly for PD Warrior group sessions and you will also recognise him from our Thursday online gym sessions.
He is tenacious in his commitment to exercise and fighting Parkinson’s and does an outstanding job putting into words his Relationship with Parkinson’s…
Past, Present and Future, by Stephen Knox:
“Writing a story about something that occupies your past, present and future…
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.
Congratulations Lorraine Juliana! The winner of the July Warrior Spirit award!
I gave Lorraine some homework at the end of her 10 week challenge, I challenged her to think of 3-4 different ways to incorporate PD Warrior principles into daily life and to review her goals and consider some new goals post 10WC.
I was blown away by her level or organisation, ability to build on feedback and her dedication to the PD Warrior concepts moving forward.
Here is what Lorraine had to say about her experience with PD Warrior so far…