A Pocklington resident with Parkinson’s disease is on a mission to raise awareness of the condition, which she says needs to be recognised as a “potentially fatal disease”.
Margaret Chorley, 70, of Meadowfield Close, has created a Facebook page for people with Parkinson’s called ‘Address the Cause’, with the aim of changing the perception of the condition to a disease that can kill, which she hopes will attract more attention and funding to find a cure.
She said: “Parkinson’s disease has been identified for 200 years and still the medications we have access to do not treat the cause of the disease, they treat the symptoms and they have side effects that can be horrendous.
“Parkinson’s disease is not acknowledged as a potentially fatal disease in this country. When people die from the disease it is often the complication caused by Parkinson’s disease that is named the cause of death. The fact is, if the complication is caused by Parkinson’s disease then the disease is the killer!
“This fact has to be driven home and then we may get the funding we deserve from the Government and other funders of research.”
Mrs Chorley produces books for people with Parkinson’s using information that they send her, including poems, stories, their thoughts and feelings and pictures.