Parkinson’s Disease dangled its bright red self right in front of me when I was a young idealistic medical practitioner with its audacious disregard for all my best efforts treating Parkinson’s sufferers. I had to get closer to it so I conducted my medical consultation in the homes of my patients. Spending hours delving deep into material on the disease along with it’s illusive and varied effect on people brought me to the conclusion that I had to contend myself with taking it on as a tenacious, wizen, old sparing partner. I realised that I should help Parkinson’s sufferers sustain a quality of life. I discovered that for these people, it’s now or never. I fight the disease on as many fronts as I can. I lobby, research, listen and learn. I push my tools as a medical practitioner to the limit and I won’t give in.
Associate Professor Simon Lewis is the Director of the Parkinson’s Disease Research Clinic at the Brain & Mind Research Institute and heads the NSW Movement Disorders Brain Donor Program. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow who works as a Consultant Neurologist at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sydney.