Parkinson's disease

Sharon - Interview 31

Female
Age at interview: 57
Age at diagnosis: 49

Brief outline: Forced by her Parkinsons symptoms to retire from a career she loved as a teacher Sharon turned things round by becoming a business woman creating the very successful Cake Bake Company.

Background: Divorced, cohabiting, Working- runs cake factory.

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Sharon was 49 when her Parkinson’s disease was diagnosed. She had been a deputy head teacher and was increasingly finding that the weakness in her voice was making teaching very difficult. When she developed weakness on one side and difficulty walking she realized she would have to change her job. She took a year off and during it got another job in education but after a few years this became too difficult for her. She started a cake making business with her partner on a very small scale but the venture rapidly took off and is now at 57 she i running a thriving concern, the Cake Bake Company. Her symptoms respond to medication but return rapidly if she forgets to take her pills. Incidentally she is not eligible for free prescriptions. She is not really able to take part in any of the physical pursuits she used to enjoy but finds a sense of liberation in being able to drive a flashy fast car.

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