SINCE her diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2010, Meadow Springs resident Sue Edge has fast become one of Parkinson’s WA’s biggest fundraisers at the charity’s annual A Walk in the Park.
A Walk in the Park, which will be held at Perry Lakes Reserve on September 18, celebrates the resilience of the Parkinson’s community and helps raise funds for the community-based Parkinson’s WA Nurse Specialist Service.
After hearing about the event in 2014, Ms Edge said she decided to rally her family and friends together in a team.
“I wanted to raise money for the regional Parkinson’s WA nurse specialists as I appreciated the help I had received from them to understand my condition,” she said.
“Since being diagnosed, I have gone through a huge range of emotions as I worked through what it meant for me, my family and my friends.”
When she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, Ms Edge knew very little about the condition.
“My specialist told me to get my information from Parkinson’s WA so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed and scared,” she said.
“And the more I learned, it became clear that the prognosis wasn’t nearly so frightening.”
Ms Edge said it took months to come to terms with her new life, which included leaving her job.
“I was a pre-primary teacher and I felt I had lost my whole identity when I left.
“But looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened.’’
“I have stopped and taken time to look after me, to stop and smell the roses, to be with myself and my family and grandchildren.
“I have found my creative side and spend hours making things.
“People need to know it is a debilitating condition, but with understanding from the community, we can live productive lives.”
This year will be Ms Edge’s second A Walk in the Park.
“It’s a chance to get together with family and friends for a pleasant walk around a beautiful area,” she said.
“After the walk, we have a picnic, which is a great get-together.”