One in every 500 people has Parkinson’s; my mother is one of them.
Yolande Slotboom got diagnosed in 2010 and our lives changed. The initial symptoms were mistaken for symptoms of stress. It wasn't until others noticed her tremor that she realized it could be something more. Once the doctors recognised that is was Parkinson’s disease, she had already progressed a lot. Many doctors’ appointments followed and lots of prescriptions were written. Even now, she still isn't stable and it will only get worse.
Parkinson’s changes people, inside and out. It is like being imprisoned by your own body; a constant struggle to get your body to listen to you; knowing that it will only get worse; not having any control. The disease is caused by a lack of nerve cells in the brain, which stops a chemical called dopamine being made. Some of the more well-known symptoms are tremors, slowness of movement and stiffness. But many people don’t know that Parkinson patients also suffer from anxiety, depression, memory problems, constant pain, fatigue, communication problems, etcetera. We do not understand Parkinson’s disease and there is no cure. Seeing my mother struggling every day, hurts.
That is why I started Limitless PD, an organisation that raises money for the Cure Parkinson's Trust. In the last two years, we have produced two productions and raised almost two grand! Our third event 'Limitless PD; a night of theatre for Parkinson's' took place on the 24th of November 2016. Our next event will take place in March 2019.
Parkinson's is a horrible disease, but if we work together we can find a cure.