A SOUTH Derbyshire man has spoken of his battle with Parkinson’s as part of an awareness week aimed at highlighting the importance of research into the condition.
George Garner from Landsdowne Road in Swadlincote was diagnosed by doctors 18 months ago. He is currently receiving medication to slow down the illness, for which there is no known cure.
Although he is still in the early stages, the 75-year-old said that he has already begun to experience difficulty in doing what he once considered normal everyday tasks.
George told the Mail: “I find it very difficult handling small things, as well as writing. Playing darts with my grandson is also becoming a problem.
“I do have occasional problems with my speech and difficulty getting my words out as well. It can be a bit upsetting because some people think you’re a bit simple and try to finish your sentences for you.
“Really they should just have a bit more patience. I shouldn’t have to explain myself and say it’s because of my illness.”
George says that since being told he has Parkinson’s, he has taken a keen interest in the research being undetaken by scientists to try and find a cure.
However from his own personal view, he believes the best way to try and overcome the problems that lie ahead is by continuing to live a normal life, focussing on the things he loves doing.
A keen bird watcher and walker, George has completed a 10 mile walk to raise money for Parkinson’s UK in the hope that one day a cure will be found.
He says the support shown to him by both his wife Evelyn and the rest of his family has also played a big part in overcoming the difficulties the illness brings with it.
Evelyn said: “We’ve got a great family behind us who have supported us. We’re just taking it day by day.”