It made me realize that we should not take life for granted. It can change with a few words. For me, it was You have Parkinson's
Margaret Roberts Kypreos
On the eve of World Parkinson’s Day we interviewed those unsung hero who battled Parkinson’s to purge its syndromes. Their efforts and outcomes are presented in their own words to encourage the rest of us.
What was your age when you were diagnosed?
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s when i was 48.
How did PD impact your life and what did you do to deal with it?
It made me realize that we should not take life for granted. It can change with a few words. For me, it was “You have Parkinson's”..... Dealing with the disease, I must admit - I am lucky to have family that helps me cope with my situation and its progression. I am really thankful to my family because without them I would not have handled what Parkinson’s brought to my life.
How would you compare your life prior to this event?
Thinking about it, prior to this my life was very simple and uncomplicated.
Are you following any exercise program for Parkinson's?
I try to be regular with exercise. There are times when I have to go deep within to dig that extra courage and strength.
Can you tell us about your efforts that would encourage other people with Parkinson's
Exercise is the key to keep Parkinson's under control....move, move, move!!!!
What message would you like to give to people in Parkinson’s community?
Never give up.....because when you give up it only gets worse. My second message is to have a support structure around you - it could be your family. There will be times of self-pity and depression may dawn upon you thinking “Why me?” Thirdly make sure to visit your neurologist or movement disorder specialist. Finally and probably the most important message from me is to get moving! Remember “move, move, move!” is your mantra.