June Corriveau was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age sixty, just five years ago. Although it has been an adjustment, she refuses to let Parkinson’s take control of her life. Living with the disease has definitely slowed her down, but she tries to remain positive and keep active. “I enjoy taking exercise classes and biking. The more I exercise the better I feel, and the more energy I have as a result.”
With her recent diagnosis stemmed an interest in joining the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (PSSO) support group. It quickly became apparent that Parkinson’s was a disease that was misunderstood and most importantly, “people just don’t realize that every Parkinson’s disease patient is different.” To combat this, June became very active with the support group and attended PSSO functions. June says, “I attend annual conferences, join in on webinars to stay informed and enjoy hearing the stories of others and how they manage their Parkinson’s. I like to feel that I am not alone in this.”
Since then June has been an active participant in WALK-IT for Parkinson’s events, originally in London, but most recently in Goderich, where it first came to town in 2017. She volunteers as the Registration chair and uses the event as a way to bring her family together, inviting her siblings and other family members to get involved in raising money and awareness for Parkinson’s. June states it is “great to see the financial support of people from the community and make people aware of the services that are available to them.”
June encourages those struggling with Parkinson’s to come to support group meetings because “it is good to talk to people and learn the best tips on how to manage the disease.” With WALK-IT for Parkinson’s events in September just around the corner, she urges people to come out and raise awareness and help raise money to make a difference in the lives of those who live with Parkinson’s disease right here in our community.