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Awareness bid by Parkinson’s victim

CHESWICK Green couple Barry and Hazel Froggatt are this week raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

CHESWICK Green couple Barry and Hazel Froggatt are this week raising awareness of Parkinson’s disease.

Barry was diagnosed with the degenerative condition when he was 59-years-old, after noticing a tremor in his hand.

Now 75, he’s keen to give the message that being told you have Parkinson’s is not the end.

“Having a positive approach to the condition has helped me come to terms with it,” said the father-of-three.

And wife Hazel said that there is also help and support available from the Solihull branch of Parkinson’s UK.

“My message to people who have just been diagnosed is to stay positive,” said the 74-year-old.

“Barry underwent an operation five-years-ago which made a big difference and helped to alleviate his symptoms.

“It’s quite a complicated procedure, but all available through the NHS - it was marvellous really.”

This week there has been a nationwide campaign to raise awareness for the condition, which affects around 120,000 people in the UK.

“It can begin at any age; there was a case of a nine-year-old girl who developed the symptoms,” explained Hazel.

“But for most people it tends to set-in during middle age.

Parkinson’s UK will be on-hand at Solihull Hospital today (Friday), from 10am-4pm - giving out information about the condition.

And those interested in joining the local exercise classes, at Solihull Methodist Church, can call 01564 702771.

 

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