Speak­ing from heart

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473021

Guity Ta­heri (58) with her daugh­ter Shameem Ta­heri-Lee. Shameem will MC the event for Parkin­son’s WA.

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