A 43-YEAR-OLD man has had his life dramatically altered after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, seven years after having a stroke.
Christopher Oliver, who is well known on Walney for whizzing around on his scooter taking photographs of nature around the island was given this life-changing news last week after having symptoms of cramping and aches in his arms and legs.

He has been slowly recovering from his stroke and has found enjoyment through photography, a hobby which has helped him mentally and physically.
However, the West Shore Road resident is no longer able to do this due to his tremors and spends the majority of his day in bed.

“It is shocking what life can throw at you,” Mr Oliver said.

“I want to make people aware that you don’t know what is around the corner, and that life is not simple.

“I have been slowly recovering from my stroke seven years ago, and now I have been given this diagnosis at the age of 43.

It is normally much later in life you would get a diagnosis like this.

“I feel I have been hit with every ball on the tennis court really. “My hobby is gone and I can’t drive my Harley anymore.”

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His frustration at the moment comes with telephone calls with medical professionals as he struggles to keep hold of a phone, so is desperate to see a doctor face to face to arrange a treatment to address his debilitating symptoms.

His next appointment he was given is December 4.

Mr Oliver has commended his wife for all she does for him. Marie helps him wash and does all the housework and cooking as Chris can no longer help.

“It has been really tough, but at the end of the day you have to deal with whatever comes your way,” Mrs Oliver said.

“It was very shocking news as he is still only young, I mean you just don’t expect it to happen do you.
“At the moment I feel alright, but I have bad and good days.

“I am just not sure what is around the corner.”

Parkinson's disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years.

There is currently no cure, but treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms and maintain quality of life.