Raising awareness of Parkinson’s Disease

Carol King

Carol King

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An electrician’s wife who described her onset of Parkinson’s Disease as feeling like she was “short-circuiting” is speaking out to raise awareness of the condition.

Carol King, pictured, of Ingoldmells, is urging other sufferers to sign up to a charity service as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week this week. In 2001 Carol was sole carer for her late husband Jim who had been battling cancer. But it wasn’t until his death later that year she noticed something was amiss with her own health.

“I told the GP my husband had been an electrician and I thought I was short-circuiting, as this was the only way I could describe it,” she said.

After being diagnosed with the early onset of Parkinson’s, Carol was put on medication. If she does not take her tablets at the right time she suffers nausea and severe joint stiffness.

“I worried what would happen if I was in an accident, and if anyone would know I have Parkinson’s and take medication,” she said.

It was during a visit to her local support group in Skegness, where she now volunteers, that Carol found out about the charity MedicAlert and quickly joined. She now wears a MedicAlert bracelet toring her medical information, which gives her peace of mind by s.

l For more details visit www.medicalert.org.uk