Featured in Spanish Blog – Translation here.

Para leer en espanol was al enlace arriba.

This is a guest blog I made on a Spanish website – I translated it into English here:

I am Christine Jeyachandran and I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease seven years ago, when I was 37 years old. People are surprised that I have Parkinson’s because of my age and also because I am open about it. It was difficult at the beginning . In 2018 I wrote: “Sometimes I feel sad. This disease got me too young, I am only 41 years old. I grieve the loss of what I can’t do. I hope I can be there for my children when I am older and be full of energy and strength.”

But in my journey I have shown that I should not wait for the bad things to happen, but to change my destiny with determination. For me, light exercise was not working. My Parkinson’s symptoms were getting worse, my left hand was shaking and my ability to walk and my arms were affected. Light exercise was not helping me prevent my body from deteriorating further. In 2018 I decided to take classes, 3 times a week of artistic gymnastics, starting 1 hour per week of class and going up to 2 hours.

It was very hard because I couldn’t move much, I was sweating and sweating, my muscles hurt and I was afraid to do some exercises…. But I filmed my experience and my story. My video Handstand for Parkinson’s was a finalist in the World Parkinson’s Congress video competition. I regained my range of motion, balance, flexibility, coordination and I was stronger than ever. It is amazing for me to see the change in my Before and After exercise video.

Now I am an ambassador for the World Parkinson Congress 2022 (WPC), I want to encourage you to go (Barcelona). It is for professionals and people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. WPC changed my life, because I was able to learn a lot about Parkinson’s and I came back ready to help my community in Peru. I am Australian but I have lived in Peru with my family for 10 years now. I am now passionately helping to educate people with Parkinson’s and encouraging them to do exercises to treat Parkinson’s. I want to finish with a reflection on the attitude of people with Parkinson’s.

I want to end with a reflection on the Parkinson’s attitude I see around me. People with Parkinson’s usually don’t like to go out in the street because there is prejudice against people with disabilities. People hide their disability. Sometimes others want to blame and say it is a curse from God.

If they go to church, sometimes they are told to pray and to have more faith in God for healing. If there is no healing, they don’t want to go to church anymore. On once or twice it was said to me: “You need to pray and have faith”. I agree I need to pray more and have more faith but I want to say it’s nobody’s fault that I (or you) have Parkinson’s.

There are many people in the Bible like Paul, who had great faith and God did not heal him and there are people who suffered: Daniel, Joseph, Naomi, Hannah and Job. I will be the first to admit that I fail more often than I would like to openly admit, but I believe that God is gracious and loving. He sees our hearts. If Jesus died on the cross for my sin, I don’t believe he would punish me (with a disease) unless it is a direct consequence of bad choices, i.e. smoking can cause lung cancer.

In the Bible there is a story about a blind man (John 9: 1-12) and Jesus’ disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” Jesus said, “but this happened so that the works of God might be shown in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me.”

Jesus healed the blind man and showed his power. I don’t know why I have Parkinson’s, but I have had the opportunity to meet many with Parkinson’s and connect with them. I can encourage and educate them and that gives me joy and purpose and I can love them in a world where they feel rejected at times. The disease is not good but I know for sure it is not a curse from God because of past actions.

I cannot hide my disability and any question or comment helps educate one more person, one person at a time. I can’t sit at home and hide, I have responsibilities and children, and there are beautiful places to see and mountains to get to the top off. I can’t stop living and enjoying life, even if I am scared sometimes.

I have learned that ‘Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to go on in spite of fear’.

Christine Jeyachandran

Ambassador of the World Parkinson Congress 2022

Blog: English and Spanish

Spanish website:

Youtube: Christine Jeya,

Twitter: handstand for parkinson’s @christinejeya

P de Parkinson – Spanish Blog

English is below- “Spanish blog”

Este es un blog en espanol que vale la pena seguir. Este blog es escrito por Anna Gómez Grau:

Con P de Parkinson intenta ser un blog para aquellas mujeres que deseen expresar sus sentimientos y su vida a raíz del parkinson. Esa dualidad de lo que sentimos ser y lo que somos, entre nuestro deseo y nuestra realidad.

Mirarte al espejo y ver como tu expresión va cambiando. Pequeños signos que pasan desapercibidos para los demás y son tan físicos para nosotras.

Vivir con esta enfermedad no es fácil, con ninguna lo es, y cuando te dicen que bien estás, que bien te veo, yo me cambiaría por ellos en ese momento.

Queremos crear conciencia sobre el Parkinson de Inicio Temprano y la mujer, para que los síntomas se valoren diferente al de las personas mayores diagnósticada de Parkinson .

Se necesita más investigación sobre el impacto del Parkinson en los jóvenes y en la mujer.

“Y mientras intento silenciar mi condición de mujer que padece una enfermedad (que no es lo mismo que de mujer enferma) me gustaría gritarle al mundo que ¡tengo Parkinson! para que el mundo no pierda la paciencia por mi falta de agilidad, deje de mirarme como a un bicho raro y empatice conmigo. Y que empatice de verdad, no como un acto de misericordia, si no desde la igualdad y la solidaridad.

Y de esta manera, con nuestros escritos en este blog, siento que estamos gritándole al mundo: ¡Miradnos! ¡Estamos aquí! ¡Y no pasa nada! Por ello, pienso que sería una lástima que “Con P de Parkinson” se limite a ser un foro de mujeres con Parkinson que nos leemos unas a otras. Fuera de aquí existen muchas mujeres y hombres que no padecen la enfermedad de Parkinson y que se merecen saber más de ella. Y de nosotras. Y nosotras nos lo merecemos también.” Anna Gómez Grau

This is a guest post form a Spanish Blogger which I have translated to English here so you can hear why she blogs. It is a great encouragement to Spanish speaking women with PD and I'll be sharing it with my community.

Anna Gómez Grau:
With P for Parkinson's is a Blog - It is a blog for those women who want to express their feelings and their life as a result of Parkinson's.

That duality of what we feel we are and what we are, between our desire and our reality.

Look in the mirror and see how your expression is changing. Small signs that go unnoticed by others and are so physical for us.

Living with this disease is not easy, not with any disease, and when they tell you that you seem fine, that you look well, I would change places with them at that moment.

We want to raise awareness about Early Onset Parkinson's and women, so that the symptoms are assessed differently from those of older people diagnosed with Parkinson's.

More research is needed on the impact of Parkinson's on young people and women.
And while I try to silence my condition as a woman suffering from a disease (which is not the same as a sick woman), I would like to shout to the world that I have Parkinson's, so that the world does not lose patience due to my lack of agility. Stop looking at me as a freak and empathize with me, and really empathize, not as an act of mercy, it is about equality and solidarity.

And in this way, by writing on this blog, I feel like we are yelling to the world: Look at us! We are here! And nothing happens! Therefore, I think it would be a shame if "With P for Parkinson's" is limited to being a forum for women with Parkinson's that we read to each other. Outside of here there are many women and men who do not suffer from Parkinson's disease and who deserve to know more about it. And of us. And we deserve it too. 
Anna Gómez Grau
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