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.
It was at this point that Clare was able to identify other problems – such as tiny hand-writing and freezing in one hand – that she had not previously known were related, or to be symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Clare is fifty-nine years old and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s eight years ago now. She is a medical scientist who currently works part-time as a microbiologist and is also married with four adult children.
A member of the Camberwell Peer Support Group and Young @ Park, Clare feels it is important to connect with others who have Parkinson’s and to have a support network. Clare has actively participated in research lectures, including many of Mal Horne’s talks at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. She is passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson’s and for investment in research.
On 30 August, Clare joined thousands of Australians for A Walk in the Park. It is Australia's largest community event dedicated to creating change for people living with Parkinson's, and advancing the search for a cure. Donate to A Walk in the Park today.