Patients Testimonials

Omotola Thomas

40 years old, United Kingdom, diagnosed in 2016

“I have never really looked at it as a negative thing. I generally believed that there is opportunity in adversity, opportunity to be stronger, opportunity to be an inspiration to other people. If you are in pain from an illness like this, why not try to utilise that pain and turn it into something positive and turning it into something powerful.”

Iñaki Noblejas

39 years old, Spain, diagnosed in 2015

“I try to keep busy with everything I can, like DIY. I didn't used to do DIY and now I try to make small things. Anything to keep me active and moving so that the disease doesn't block you.

Riccardo Nava

57 years old, Italy

“My advice is to not waste all those years like me, disguising the disease, hiding it, talk about it straight away, because it helps to find courage to deal with it, we need courage, patience and determination you need a good dose of self-irony because it’s also good to laugh at ourselves.”

Pilar Martín

71 years old, Spain, diagnosed in 2004

“Cooking also helps me a lot, because what Parkinson’s requires is mobility.”

Joana Mesquita

36 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2011

“Live life as if there were no tomorrow. When we get a disease like this, we realise how small we are. The best thing is to enjoy ourselves and live life with joy and satisfaction because that is why we are here.“

Massimiliano Iachini

57 years old, Italy

“What we like most and what works best is really not thinking, but just dancing, that’s the message.”

Alex Reed

57 years old, United Kingdom, diagnosed in 2006

“…you can live with Parkinson’s and you will not be in a wheelchair when you’re twenty years old.
You can have a great life if you want it. It’s your choice, we’re not victims.”

Rui Couto

48 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2012

“I think Parkinson’s has helped release me a little from thinking that I am more or less of a person because I’m not as good as others.
What I think now is “I am good because I am good with myself”.”

Richard Underwood

56 years old, United Kingdom, diagnosed in 2003

“I believe that Parkinson’s will become a better condition to live on a day to day basis and people should not give up hope, but they should seek answers and make sure that they are empowered to be able to live the best life they can.”

Adelina Palma

66 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2010

“Happiness cannot come from things or having things, happiness is a state of mind. And it involves many things, like acceptance, hope, forgiveness, and so on.”

Damásio Caeiro

57 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2013

“I am number 2 in the world [in table tennis]among Parkinson’s patients. Never in my life did I imagine I would be number 2 in the world of anything at all.”

Filomena Mestre

65 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 1997

“Don’t do what I did, I closed myself up.
Tell people what you have. Look for what makes you happy.”

Idelta Oliveira

65 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2015

“I didn’t want to do anything, but I became much more active. I used to be much more sedentary, just sitting on the couch and staying at home. These days I want to go out I want to go on holidays. I have a different motivation in life.”

Jorge Bruto

56 years old, Portugal

“Seek help. Psychological counselling.”

José Freire

58 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2000

“Our brain and our body adapt to new things.
People have to be receptive. They shouldn’t isolate themselves, or shut themselves off and cry. I learned many things because of the disease”

Rui Camilo

57 years old, Portugal, diagnosed in 2000

“You have to learn how to live with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s has a really bad attitude and it wanted me to stay at home. But I gave it an ultimatum: are you coming with me or staying by yourself? And it decided to come with me.”

date of preparation May 2021