Australian Mum is Poster Girl for PD

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Australian Mum is Poster Girl for PD
Tue, 04-10-2012 - 11:44pm


LARA mum Sharon Daborn is one of 80,000 Australians living with Parkinson's Disease.

It hasn't stopped her leading a hectic life juggling three rapidly growing kids, her job as a kindergarten teacher and a major overseas trip looming.

Today is World Parkinson's Day and she presents a vibrant and optimistic face to the disease.

It is a far cry from when she was first diagnosed 10 years ago.

"I was numb when I found out I had Parkinson's," she said.

"There are so many unknowns with this disease and I had grave fears of what the future had in store for me."

"I didn't like to plan ahead."

Ms Daborn said her attitude stemmed from the fact she was ignorant about the illness.

"I spoke to doctors and others suffers and my ideas about Parkinson's gradually began to change," she said.

"There may not be a cure but there are treatments that will keep suffers one step ahead of the effects of the disease."

She said the support of others had been instrumental in her ability to cope with the condition.

"I've had the most wonderful support from members of my family," she said.

"I've also found the local Parkinson's community (patients and medical personnel) extremely supportive as well."

Ms Daborn also found her employer, the Leopold Kindergarten, to be very understanding.

"I love my job and love my life all thanks to the encouragement of others."

She's such a dynamo she has been selected as Australia's delegate at the next World Parkinson's Congress.

"It's in Montreal in Canada in 2013," she said.

"It is the major Parkinson's forum and it has attracted the international experts in the disease."

It is an important feather in her cap and one she wears proudly.

World Parkinson's Day aims to create awareness of the disease and encourage new research and treatments.

Access Economics Data shows 27,000 Victorians are living with the disease and six people are diagnosed with the illness every day.

This evening Melbourne's skyline will be glowing in support of people living with Parkinson's.

The spectacular, cutting-edge geodesic dome roof of AAMI Park Stadium in Batman Avenue will light up with 1,544 green LED lights.

For each single bulb, there are more than twelve Victorians living with the condition.