BEING diagnosed with Parkinson’s was a life-changing moment for Dave Morse.
The Bicton resident is among the people taking part in the Parkinson’s WA fundraiser A Walk in the Park on September 16 at Perry Lakes.
“I was diagnosed in October 2013; it went straight over my head,” he said.
“I only knew about Parkinson’s because of Michael J. Fox and I thought it was mainly an old person’s disease.
“I was 57 at the time and I noticed some changes but I thought it was arthritis.
“The disease impacts your ability to move and it affects the dexterity in your hands.
“Day to day it becomes hard to plan anything because sometimes you can hardly move but there are good days and bad days.
“I try to get plenty of exercise whether that’s walking or riding, I find it helps along with a positive mind.”
Since retiring from his job as a shipwright, Mr Morse has focused on his love of photography and will be taking photos at the event.
“I always did surf photography and with digital cameras it’s so much easier to do,” he said.
“These days I take photos of landcapes, dogs and people surfing along with the odd sport shots.”
Registrations are $25 for an adult, $15 for a child, $5 for a dog, with family tickets at $65.
Visit www.parkinsonswa.org.au to register.