Join our Understanding Parkinson’s Session on 19 June

Alison Anderson, Cure Parkinson’s Trustee, will join us at 3pm on 19th June to share her experiences and insight after being diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease.

Join us as we invite Alison Anderson, Cure Parkinson’s Trustee, to discuss the hidden symptoms of Parkinson’s and how she has turned her diagnosis into something positive. This is a free-to-attend information session.

Alison was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s at age 46 in 2015. Since her diagnosis, she has left her long career in the NHS and embarked on numerous cycling challenges, including a 500km cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia and Raid Alpine, an 800km 6-day challenge across the French Alps. Alison’s cycling adventures have not only raised a significant amount of money for Cure Parkinson’s but have also highlighted how an active and fun-filled lifestyle motivates her through the challenges that Parkinson’s can bring. Alison will bring her experiences and insight into how her diagnosis has affected her life to help others whose lives have been affected by the disease.

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease that affects the brain. Nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine stop working, which affects the body’s ability to regulate movement. The reduction in dopamine causes many of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms progress over time and are usually mild at first.

As well as physical symptoms, Parkinson’s can also cause memory and sleep problems as well as mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.

Alison’s optimism and determination is reflected in her blog Ramblings of a Cyclopath, where she chronicles her journey of living with Parkinson’s. As well as being incredibly active while raising money for Parkinson’s research, Alison hosts a local support group called The Young Ones which provides an informal network for those of working age living with Parkinson’s.

Alison will join us at 3pm on Wednesday 19th June to discuss the symptoms, both noticeable and hidden, of Parkinson’s and share about her experiences since her diagnosis. To find out more about Alison and her work to raise awareness about Parkinson’s and money for research, you can read find blog here.

Location:
BizSpace, Corinium House
Corinium Avenue, Barnwood
Gloucester
GL4 3HX
Free parking onsite.

Contact us to book your free space by calling 01452 341975 or using the book online button below.

For further resources and support about Parkinson’s disease, go to Parkinson’s UK or Cure Parkinson’s to find out more.