Speaking from heart
A VICTORIA Park resident’s role as master of ceremonies at a Parkinson’s WA fundraiser will take on special meaning because of family connection to the disease.
GUITY Taheri was a respected doctor when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The 58-year-old noticed she was getting very tired before she was diagnosed with the disease in 2000.
“I found that my movement was not easy,” she said.
“I worked for about 10 years after I was diagnosed but eventually I was incapacitated and I had nothing left to give.
“It affected me mostly with my fatigue and a bit of my movement; most people think about shaky hands but it was not the case for me.
“The medication was good and in 2005 I had deep brain stimulation surgery and that helped a lot.”
Fast-forward to today and Dr Taheri’s mobility has gradually reduced and her memory and speech have been affected.
Dr Taheri’s daughter and Victoria Park resident Shameem Taheri-Lee said she remembered her mother walking around slowly but thought it was normal because she did not know any better as a child.
“We had to be very proactive; the neurologist would only see her for 30 minutes every six months but we would see her all the time,” Ms Taheri-Lee said.
“It was probably hardest on my little brother. He was only four when my mum was diagnosed so he never really got to see her fully healthy.
“About five years ago, she moved into the Ocean Gardens Retirement Village. It’s a beautiful place.”
Ms Taheri-Lee will be the MC at A Walk in the Park, which is a Parkinson’s WA fundraiser.
“I’m glad to support Parkinson’s WA. They have been great to my mum with activities and providing help from the nurses,” she said.
“It’s a nice show of solidarity for people who are living with Parkinson’s or know someone who has lived with the disease.
“It will be good to meet people who have had similar experiences and to support each other.”
More than 8000 people in WA have Parkinson’s.
Guity Taheri (58) with her daughter Shameem Taheri-Lee. Shameem will MC the event for Parkinson’s WA.