Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

And now for something completely different.

I am taking a little time out of my usual beauty based blog to chat about a little something close to my heart.
This week is Parkinson’s Awareness week.

parkinsons in control

What is Parkinson’s?
According to parkinsons.org.uk:
“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 know why people get the condition.”

 

My Grandfather suffered with Parkinson’s for…as long as I can remember. Although I was young I understood that his symptoms were completely out of his control and it was horrible to watch someone suffer through them.
Everyone with Parkinson’s has different symptoms, most can start off fairly mild, but they do get progressively worse.

Main symptoms of Parkinson’s:
• Tremor (shaking)
• Slowness of movement
• Rigidity (stiffness)

 

Physical and other symptoms of Parkinson’s:
• Bladder and bowel problems
• Eye problems
• Falls and dizziness
• Fatigue
• Freezing
• Pain
• Restless legs syndrome
• Skin, scalp and sweating problems
• Sleep problems
• Speech and communication problems
• Swallowing problems

 

Mental health and Parkinson’s:
• Anxiety
• Dementia
• Depression
• Hallucinations and delusions
• Memory problems

 

Often there are no obvious physical symptoms, which can make it difficult for passers-by to understand.
However if you can take 5 minutes out of your day to read about how Parkinson’s can effect someone’s life you can start to see the world a little differently.

For information: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/giving-back-control-people-parkinsons

To make a donation: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/donate

You can also join the chat on Twitter: Search #incontrol

 

Thank you for reading.

 

Do you or someone you know suffer with Parkinson’s?

Please share your story below x

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