Nicky is a teacher from Cheshire and was diagnosed with Parkinson's in January 2020, just before the pandemic.
"I was left to cope with this diagnosis pretty much on my own. Lockdown meant that I couldn't get answers, and I wondered 'why me?'"
Nicky accessed Parkinson's UK services and is now involved in many brilliant ways. From joining a research group, to going to events and joining a group to help with physical activity.
"Parkinson's UK really was my lifeline during this time. I found advice about many things, including what to tell the DVLA. The helpline advisers were brilliant. I have met some lovely people through the Parkinson's UK community who have supported me. I'm now a research champion. I am even planning to jump out of a plane this year!"
Nicky remains positive and doesn't let her Parkinson's define her.
"I'm still the same primary school teacher, the mum my children grew up with, the wife my husband knows and the nanny my grandchildren know. I'm still the same me that my friends and family know and love. I might be a little bit slower now but I was never Usain Bolt to begin with!"
Your donations will make a difference
Living with Parkinson’s can be challenging, but people can still do amazing things. With your help, we’re there to support them everyday. From the Parkinson’s UK helpline to our brilliant local support groups. From our specialist Parkinson’s Local Advisers to the information and advice on our website.
Our local adviser teams supported 23,278 people last year. We advised on financial grants and benefits and provided emotional support. And we want to reach even more people in the future.
Setting up a monthly gift means we can plan ahead and invest in long term projects. It will ensure our support services keep running. You can manage your regular gift and find out more about what we'll achieve here.
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We’re here for you
Whether you're worried about money or need help managing your Parkinson's, you’re not alone. We're here to help you find the right support.
You can get free, confidential support through our adviser service. Call us for free on 0808 800 0303. Find information about money, grants and benefits on the link below.