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Farmer's disease affects 80,000 Aussies

KEEPING ACTIVE: For Parkinson's sufferers Lyn Foy and Graham Emery-Strathdee, keeping active is the best way to keep their disease at bay.
KEEPING ACTIVE: For Parkinson's sufferers Lyn Foy and Graham Emery-Strathdee, keeping active is the best way to keep their disease at bay. Michael Nolan

A PARKINSON'S diagnose will change your life, and that of your family, in ways you can not predict.

This is the message the Murgon-based Parkinson's Support Group is advocating during the month of September.

More than 80,000 Australian have the disease and it's known as the farmer's disease given it's higher- than-average prevalence in rural communities.

The disease has a range of symptoms and not everyone suffers the shaking commonly associated the illness.

Lyn Koy has a form of hypokinesia that slows her movement to the point where she can become paralysed.

"I can be at the shops and I'll just stop and not be able to move," Mrs Koy said.

"I also have a lot of trouble speaking, I go to a speech therapist who gets me to hum, sing and yell. I often wonder what the neighbours think when they hear me yelling out."

The Murgon group is selling scented soy candles to raise funds and they will host a special meeting at Castra Aged Care in Murgon on Monday, September 19 at 10am.

Deputy mayor Kathy Duff will be in attendance.

Topics:  murgon parkinsons disease

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