“Most of the time I just try to get through the day”
It was just before Christmas 2016 when 43-year-old Graham – father of two teenaged daughters – was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Apart from worrying over the future of his family, Graham was struggling to cope with tremors, stiffness and anxiety related to his Parkinson’s. Fortunately, he picked up a pamphlet at a medical clinic that introduced him to the support of Parkinson’s NSW.
Graham’s long-term love of sport and exercise has now taken a new turn. He is a keen participant in Parkinson’s NSW non-contact boxing classes, as well as other daily exercise aimed at slowing the progression of Parkinson’s.
He also has a close relationship with our local Parkinson’s Nurse Consultant who supports Graham in his home, enables him to continue working to support his family – and participates in boxing classes with him. Participating in a Parkinson’s NSW Support Group also provides Graham with support from other people experiencing Parkinson’s.
“Being able to see my daughters Zara and Rhianna through high school – being there and able to support them – is what I worry about when I think about the future. But most of the time I just try to get through the day,” Graham said
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