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Participant Information

Anne Atkin

City:
Hallam
State:
Victoria
Country:
Australia
Essay:

My journey with Parkinsonís disease continues. For how long, I have no idea. I donít worry as much now about the future. I spend my time just enjoying the journey and watching the scenery go by.

No more looking back and no more trying to see too far ahead. No more Ďif only....í just anticipation for tomorrow. As one door shuts... and keeps shutting... be patient, because eventually one will open.

Thinking positively can help to change your outlook on life. Constantly being negative can train your brain into thinking that way every time. Try to see the funny side of some Parkinson's moments and you will find, as I did, that laughter helps to take away the pain.

I would be a liar if I said that I was upbeat all the time. Yes, I have moments when sometimes I feel overwhelmed or sad, but these are few and far between. Parkinsonís has given me more than it has taken away. I am a Parkinsonís Ambassador and speaking to community groups about living with Parkinsonís gives me the chance to help change peopleís perceptions of this rather cruel disease. I have written and published two books about living with Parkinsonís and illustrated them with my cartoons.

Best of all are my Painting with Parkinsonís groups. Helping people with Parkinsonís find the creativity they never thought they had is immensely rewarding.

I have Parkinsonís. It is part of me, but it is no longer controlling my life.