David Bloor

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in March 2003, when I was 49 years old.

I served in the Army for nineteen years and hence I have always led an active lifestyle and been very fit, used to run and swim ten miles every day. I first realised something was wrong when I kept falling over whilst I was running, I would lose control of my left ankle. My wife persuaded me to visit my GP to explain my loss of co-ordination.

My GP referred me to a neurologist, following a consultation I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

I was put on drugs that controlled the symptoms but for me the side effects were terrible amongst other things I developed OCD and a compulsion for gambling and shopping, something I’d never done.

I was then prescribed other medication to counteract the nausea and dizziness sometimes associated with Parkinson’s but I had to take tablets every ninety minutes and consumed about fifty tablets per day.

In 2011 I had STNDBS surgery that put tubes in my brain and I have a battery pack permanently fitted under the skin of my chest, it works similar to a pacemaker. As soon as I recovered from the operation, my wife and I cried with joy – I was able to sit still in a chair without shaking violently and I now only have to take two tablets a day!

I am incredibly fortunate to have an assistance dog who helps me do everything from getting dressed, go to the shops, pulls emergency cords if I get into difficulty and give emergency aid if needed. My dog helps me maintain my independence and because he needs to go out, helps me keep active.

In May 2016 I had a heart attack. Following this my District Nurse suggested I visit Rossendale Hospice Day Therapy, it would be an opportunity to meet other people and make new friends.

Whilst at the Hospice I have a Jacuzzi bath and a back massage which helps alleviate the pain I get in my shoulders from arthritis and tension from shaking. Coming to the Hospice is good for my wife too, it allows her to have ‘me time’. Coming to the Hospice every Thursday is the highlight of my week.

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