Dancing on diagnosis


Lorraine Conrad at her dance class with others who are on a similar journey.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d450549
Lorraine Conrad at her dance class with others who are on a similar journey. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d450549

But for Bassendean resident Lorraine Conrad, it drew her back into her favourite pastime.

Ms Conrad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in June last year after feeling extremely fatigued all the time.

“Fatigue was my biggest problem and I thought it was chronic fatigue syndrome,” she said. “I even went to a doctor who specialised in fatigue symptoms but it was the eventual referral to a neurologist that gave me my diagnosis of Parkinson’s.

“I didn’t know anyone with Parkinson’s, no family members had it.”

After her diagnosis, Ms Conrad sought out Parkinson’s WA for help with information, which led her to dance classes in Maylands for people with the condition.

“My husband and I met through dancing. We used to do ballroom dancing and so that’s why I was interested in this class,” she said.

“We used to go dancing socially three times a week and at the Embassy Ballroom when we still worked but then we gradually stopped.”

Ms Conrad said the classes differ from usual dance classes with an emphasis on exercise.

“We do exercises to music and use the back of a chair to hold on to then do a little routine to the music,” she said.

“The teachers are great; they make you feel good, make the classes lots of fun, and are very supportive.”