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Time to smell the roses’s Parkinson’s Story

Time to smell the roses

Pam West was diagnosed in 2013 with Parkinson's and describes Parkinson's Victoria as her 'White Knight'. Read more…


Staying two steps ahead’s Parkinson’s Story

Staying two steps ahead

Each day I ask myself “Where am I at today?" Read more…


Learning to never give up’s Parkinson’s Story

Learning to never give up

"Being a carer was the hardest job of my life, but we learnt to never give up" Read more…


Holding on to my dream’s Parkinson’s Story

Holding on to my dream

Judy Phelan shares her story of hope as she prepares for her fifth A Walk in the Park. Read more…


This is my smile!’s Parkinson’s Story

This is my smile!

Ester was diagnosed with Parkinson's just over two years ago at 47. This year, Ester is an Ambassador and together with her family, the face of A Walk in the Park 2016. Read more…


Cruising along’s Parkinson’s Story

Cruising along

A Parkinson's diagnosis can be life-changing, but it doesn't mean you have to give up travelling. Read more…


A love that lasts a lifetime’s Parkinson’s Story

A love that lasts a lifetime

Some stories are so powerful, they stay with you forever. Elaine and Jonathan’s story of love and companionship is one of them. Read more…


Out of the blue’s Parkinson’s Story

Out of the blue

Clare felt that being diagnosed with Parkinson’s came out of the blue. When she began to experience tremors, Clare visited her GP who referred her to a neurologist. Read more…


Being Young at Park’s Parkinson’s Story

Being Young at Park

Karyn Spilberg was a primary school teacher prior to being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s in 2002. Diagnosed at age 44, Karyn immediately began an ongoing quest to help other people living with Young Onset Parkinson’s. Read more…


Up for the challenge’s Parkinson’s Story

Up for the challenge

When Kaye Berndt participates with family and friends at Federation Square this month in her first A Walk in the Park, it will be a double celebration. Read more…


Losing the Parkinson’s mask’s Parkinson’s Story

Losing the Parkinson’s mask

Shane has sky dived and jumped off buildings to fundraise for Parkinson’s, but on 30 August he undertook an even bigger personal challenge – running 4kms in 20 minutes for the annual A Walk in the Park. Read more…


The double-blow’s Parkinson’s Story

The double-blow

Few people manage to squeeze as much into a life and a career as Mike Atkinson. So, when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago, the inevitable slow-down of pace could have been a double-blow. Read more…


Something wasn’t right’s Parkinson’s Story

Something wasn’t right

Jill Goss has been living with Parkinson’s for 15 years, but few people who meet her would actually know that she is. When the 75-year-old takes to the stage with her actor son Shane Jacobson, and her daughter Natalie Porter, to conduct the warm-up session at the annual Parkinson’s Victoria’s A Walk in the Park in Melbourne, her vitality shines above all else. Read more…


Still going strong’s Parkinson’s Story

Still going strong

Every person's Deep Brain Stimulation journey is unique. This is Peter's. Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001, aged 53. Read more…


Geoff’s new direction’s Parkinson’s Story

Geoff’s new direction

Geoff’s diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson’s in 2013 delivered an answer to a raft of symptoms that had been troubling him for years. He didn’t present with any of the classic symptoms and with no test yet available for Parkinson’s, it took some time to confirm the condition. Read more…


Jenny’s mob’s Parkinson’s Story

Jenny’s mob

During the three years since Jenny was diagnosed with Parkinson's she has found herself surrounded by a community support network that has made her life more tolerable and has revealed the generosity of the human spirit. Read more…


Grant’s life takes off’s Parkinson’s Story

Grant’s life takes off

Grant was just 39 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He found himself constantly lethargic, enduring sleepless nights and with no explanation for his trembling hands or why his arm no longer swung when he walked. Read more…


Terry, Helen and Anne’s Parkinson’s Story

Terry, Helen and Anne

Often seen around Camberwell on his scooter, Terry is a local ambassador for Parkinson’s. Read more…


Paula, Gary and Owen’s Parkinson’s Story

Paula, Gary and Owen

Paula has been living with Young Onset Parkinson’s since 2008. Read more…


John and Julie’s Parkinson’s Story

John and Julie

John and Julie have supported each other and assisted friends diagnosed with Parkinson’s since John was diagnosed 15 years ago. Read more…


Jill, Natalie and Alice’s Parkinson’s Story

Jill, Natalie and Alice

Since being diagnosed over 12 years ago, Jill has been able to live life to the fullest, surrounded by the love and support from her daughter Natalie, granddaughter Alice and other family members. Read more…


Fred and Christine’s Parkinson’s Story

Fred and Christine

Fred and Christine have been on the Parkinson’s journey together since Fred’s diagnosis in 2003. Read more…