Conversation with Louise Penn – Warrior Spirit Winner

I had an inspiring conversation with Louise Penn, April Spirit Award Winner recently and wanted to share some of her experiences as someone who was quite fit until a period of lockdown in the UK crept up on her and caused a significant impact on mobility and daily function.

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  1. Hi, I’ve just listened to your interview, I recognise the struggle with covid and exercise; during the first lockdown when working from home I was moving from the table where I had my computer and phone, to the armchair in the evenings. I found I was seizing up and that is why I started the 10 week challenge. Listening to you both is motivating and makes me want to complete. I have to say before this programme exercise was alien to me but I am feeling fitter, I’m on week 4 and finding it hard going especially the frog exercise, the sound of Crazy is scary but hey.
    I live in Hereford, UK

    1. Hi Barbara. I was totally floored by crazy the first few times I tried it so keep at it when you get there. I did it in stages to start with as suggested in the weekly videos and it worked. That’s one of the reasons why I’m such a huge fan of the 10 week challenge, it’s so motivating to make tangible progress. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did x

      1. Hi, I was introduced to Crazy this afternoon as I have just started week 5, and I appreciate your advice, positive thinking, and step by step stages
        Mel made it look easy, amazing x

  2. Louise, I love your story, my symptoms are like yours and like you, my friends cannot tell I have Parkinson’s – which doesn’t mean I don’t feel it all inside, you know the proverbial iceberg… also I have found sometimes I feel really shaky but I have no external tremors. Anyway, the point is that I really enjoyed the interview and putting a face to the name! Thanks for the mention by the way, I am glad my story also resonated with you. Also, I wanted to say, don’t think of the later stages because we all progress differently and I think there is a fair chance that given PD Warrior and a life-style where exercise and the outdoors is embedded in our routines, we might delay symptoms enough to not experience those dreaded latter stages of PD! xx

    1. Thanks Julio. I just watched your video clip re the swim. Now that really is a challenge! I agree with all your comments. Pre diagnosis advanced PD was my worst nightmare, but like you I find that I am living in the moment much more, which is a real positive, and I don’t dwell on the future at all, which is what gave me the courage to do the skydive! Good luck in the Solent! X

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