The Patient Perspective

This section covers the stories of people with Parkinson’s Disease. The interviews are taken and written by Jon Palfreman, PhD. If you have suggestions for a new post in The Patient Perspective, please tell us and write to:

Profile: Sara Riggare

In October 1984, a thirteen-year-old girl called Sara sat in a small village hall in northern Sweden enjoying a folk music concert. “Everyone was clapping their hands and stomping their feet,” Sara recalls, “and I wanted to do the same. I could clap my hands, but when I tried stomping my feet, I discovered I couldn’t. It was as if the signals couldn't go from my brain to my feet.” This is Sara’s earliest memory indicating that something was wrong.

Profile: Tom Isaacs

In 1996, a 27-year-old London-based surveyor called Tom Isaacs was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Like others before him, he struggled to come to terms with his new identity. As he put it, “The truth was that I was now trapped inside a body that was now ageing at an alarming rate and was often incapable of responding to the demands put on it.”

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The Patient Perspective: Joel Havemann

Every Parkinson’s patient is curious about what the future holds. One way to anticipate what’s coming is to learn from parkies further along in their disease. Unfortunately, it turns out that while many patient memoirs chronicle the early years of PD, there are very few accounts that document the long-term trajectory of the condition. An exception is Joel Havemann’s smart book, A Life Shaken.