It seems that I’m not the only Young Onset Parkinsonian drawn to the hills. Richard Collins, former teacher, novelist, and, regrettably, fellow-traveller on the long distance Parkinson route, also finds hill walking enjoyable and beneficial. It must be a combination of the fresh air, the exercise, the exhilarating scenery and, not least, the sense of achievement – something that is really worth seeking out when your personal horizons seem to be closing in on you with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s.
But enough of my waffle. Read the article:
“Parkinson’s disease left me with a mountain to climb”,
Richard Collins, published in The Telegraph on 21 November 2011
And, while you’re at it, check out his novels:
- The Land as Viewed from the Sea (shortlisted for the Whitbread first novel award)
- The Quality of Light (featuring a character with Parkinson’s)