The following article is all about my best friend when we were at senior school together in Heywood, Lancashire. After leaving school and starting work, we sort of lost each other along the way although our paths have been quite similar…
Me and an old boyfriend brought Susan and her husband, John together – so some good things do happen in life.
Luckily, we found each other again after more than 30 years of starting out full time work when Susan and her husband came to Cyprus on a visit a couple of years ago. Little did I know she had Parkinson’s disease and it came as quite a shock particularly when our last memories were of visits to Tenby and Saundersfoot in south Wales during the school holidays with my parents and later, drinking whilst under age in the White Lion pub in our local town.
Unfortunately, not long after their return to UK, John (Susan’s husband) had a very bad accident when he was knocked off his bicycle in Bolton on the May Day bank holiday.
If you’re affected by Parkinson’s disease either personally or through someone who has it, please consider giving a donation – no matter how small.
My Dad was diagnosed fairly recently and after more than 6 months on medication, we’re seeing no change but a very rapid deterioration.
My boyfriend’s sister, Stephanie, has guest blogged for me, about taking part in a bike ride raising money for Parkinson’s UK
You can sponsor Stephanie on her Just Giving page
On the 10 August I will be riding 60 miles (which is 100Km if I include the ride to the start line and back) in aid of Parkinson’s at the Stirling Pedal for Parkinson’s fund raising ride – I would like to raise awareness and funds for vital research into the disease.
“Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear. There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s and we don’t yet…
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