I was recently browsing my fellow style sisters blog @emsypickle when I noticed her awesome post on Parkinson’s Disease which motivated me to write this post. This is a disease which is very close to my heart to as my Grandad suffered from this disease for many years and as a family we saw how it took its toll on his life and all of our lives to. Parkinsons UK recently held A Lifestyle | Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2014 which was aimed at raising awareness of this condition and putting sufferers back #incontrol
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. People with this ailment don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine, because some nerve cells in their brain have died. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s are tremors, stiffness and slowness of movement, however there are many more physical and mental symptoms of Parkinson’s such as anxiety, pain, dizziness and speech problems.
A person who has Parkinson’s can find it very difficult to carry out the simple everyday tasks in life. Parkinson’s UK provide help and support to the individual as well as family as friends, offering expert information on every aspect of the condition.
Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s, constant research is being carried out to find better treatments and ways to improve the quality of life for people with this condition.
My Grandad suffered as a result of this disease, and showed the first signs of a tremor in his hands which progressed to more physical and mental impediments. Eventually he had trouble walking and speaking and needed help with normal day to day activities such as eating, drinking and washing. This year’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week was all about giving people back control as well as letting others know some of the struggles people with Parkinson’s face every day.
If there are any other fashionista’s out there who are arranging any fashion events in aid of parkinsons disease tweet me @keely78 as I would love to hear from you.
But just because Parkinson’s week is over you can still donate. You can find out more on the Parkinson’s UK website –www.parkinsons.org.uk – where you can also donate money to the charity to help aid research and treatments and help find a cure. Please also check out the how to get involved page on the website http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/get-involved