Life after deep brain stimulation surgery - Cliff Williams's story
Cliff Williams tells us his experience of having deep brain stimulation, a form of surgery used to treat some of the symptoms of Parkinson's.
Cliff Williams with his wife Tracey and children Amy and
"Last year I had advanced surgical treatment called deep brain
"It's like having a pacemaker that controls the electrical
signals in my brain, and it means I can now control my Parkinson's
to an incredible extent.
"I was nervous about having it done but as soon as the device
was turned on my life changed in an instant. My tremors stopped
just like that, and my life opened up once more.
"I could feed myself. I could turn the pages of a book. I could
hold my daughter's hand.
"My children Amy, Jack, Jonathan and Sophie also feel like
they've got their dad back again.
"Instead of spending their time worrying about me, we can now do
family things together like playing computer games or watching the
It really has changed all our lives.
None of this would have been possible without the work of Parkinson's UK.
"None of this would have been possible without the work of
Parkinson's UK. They funded research into this treatment that has
helped me so much.
"I am once again lucky enough to enjoy family occasions, such as
Christmas, with those that I love – not just by being there, but by
being a real part of it.
"I know others are not as fortunate as I have been because deep
brain stimulation is not suitable for everyone.
"Many people continue to have problems with their medication or
are unable to get the help they need.
"Parkinson's UK does so much - from research into finding a
cure, to providing information and specialist care, not to mention
their fantastic support network. Please support them today.
More surgery stories
Support us today
Make a donation
Help us continue our vital research and provide support and
information to everyone affected by Parkinson's.