Ruth

sketched self portrait drawn by ruth
Thanks to all of this I’m now moving a lot better and did not need to increase my medication (as previously planned by my consultant) due to me functioning well. As well as this the blue days have disappeared. My Parkinson’s nurse even commented; she said ‘I have never seen you look or move so well.’

I have Parkinson’s disease which I’ve had for quite a while, but was diagnosed with it in September 2010. My Neuro-Physio at The Royal London Hospital referred me to Ability Bow. I first worked with Instructor Simohamed but now attend more independently; I do about 15 – 20 minutes on the treadmill and lots of stretching and Yoga and balance type exercises especially for the feet.

I have also started to go out and jog 3 times a week. Thanks to all of this I’m now moving a lot better and did not need to increase my medication as previously planned by my consultant) due to me functioning well. As well as this the blue days have disappeared. My Parkinson’s nurse even commented; she said ‘I have never seen you look or move so well.’

I now attend the gym 3 times a week and I try and exercise every day , if I do so I don’t have aches and pains in my back , legs , shoulder or cramps in my feet. Also this time last year, before I started going to the gym I was walking with a stick. I still limp and my balance is slightly off but I walk without a stick now and a lot faster.

I am convinced the combination of my medication and regular exercise is keeping the Parkinson’s at bay and making me a physically stronger person.