Support group can help ease the burden
WHEN diagnosed with a disease, having people around you who can share what you're going through can make the world of difference.
Which is why the Warwick Parkinson's Support Group is encouraging anyone who has Parkinson's disease to head along and join in their social events, held on the second Thursday of every month.
The group, made up of those who suffer from the disease and their carers, has been operating for more than 18 years, and is one of the 45 groups in the state.
Warwick co-ordinator Patsy Slatyer said the group was able to give support where it was needed.
"We tell jokes, we have a laugh and sip on a cup of tea," Mrs Slatyer said.
"We share information and help them lead a better quality of life."
Parkinson's Queensland CEO Helen Crew said it was important people realised they weren't alone.
"Often when they go to the doctor and he tells them they have Parkinson's they think 'what now?'," Mrs Crew said.
"But these people are not on their own."
Darien Fritz, whose husband Irwin has Parkinson's, said the Warwick support group meetings were a valuable fixture on their monthly calendar.
"If we've got a problem or had an issue, someone might have gone through that too and can have ideas on how we can fix it," Mrs Fritz said.
As the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's increases to one in every 350, members of the support group agreed it was important to spread the word that there is help out there.
Phone Mrs Slatyer on 4661 4566 or the hotline on 1800 644 189 for more information.