The Healthiest Man On Earth

Published on Mar 5, 2013

Poet/artist Gary Turchin’s moving story of his journey with Parkinson’s disease, and how creativity is his first line of defense and best medicine.

Speech to World Parkinson’s Congress

Thank you Dr Lees for that kind introduction.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to address this the Second World Parkinson Congress.

As you know the patient address at the First Congress was delivered by Michael J Fox.

I have been a fan of Michael’s since I was a teenager.

One of my first trips to the cinema was with my sister Christine to see “Back to the Future” . I thought it was a fantastic film.

As we left the cinema I said two things to Christine. The first I have no problem with.

I said: “Michael J Fox is so cool.”

The second statement I am now not so sure about. I said:  “I wish I was just like him”.

Four years on from the first Congress I am delighted to welcome you to Scotland. Many of you are new to Glasgow and I am sure you will enjoy your stay in this wonderful city.

Glasgow is known throughout the world as a city of culture, as a city of invention and industry, and as you will discover, a city inhabited by colourful, humorous and optimistic characters.

For me Glasgow is a great place to have Parkinson’s.

It is also the [...] continue the story

The Price of Complacency and Being Wobbly

By Jo Collinge

This blog was first published following the World Parkinson’s Congress held in Glasgow, September 2010…………. It was then republished about a year later, with a lengthy addition tagged on to the end about challenging my specialist on his views about DBS. This is – more or less – the original version.

Two weeks prior to [originally] writing this my elder daughter sat exams to win a Bursary at a well known independent girls’ school. She was one of a handful of girls chosen to sit these (well, two handfuls to be precise ….). A fantastic achievement as she was selected from a number who had applied. Having taken the approach that she was going to “get by” on her natural ability, of which she has plenty, she took the decision not to do any prep work. My husband and I tried, but failed, to get her to “knuckle down”. Elise’s approach to such matters is that she works hard at school, therefore why should she work hard at home. Being reluctant to make a big fuss over the issue, we took the path of least resistance and didn’t force the issue. [On top of that, I had also spent [...] continue the story