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Lynn Sandbrook’s late husband Harvey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and they joined Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario (PSSO) shortly afterwards. For many years, the couple volunteered at many of the walks and were dedicated and engaged members of their community. Lynn has volunteered at every Walk for Parkinson’s in Owen Sound in which she acted as the group facilitator. Since then, Lynn started the support group in Meaford, where she calls home.

Through Lynn’s journey with Parkinson’s disease as a care partner, she remarked that the most challenging aspect of caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease is the lack of patience that others have. Beyond the pathology of the disease, Lynn learned to be patient and understanding of others because she appreciates that we are all human beings with our own concerns, often ones that we cannot control. Lynn emphasizes that we ought to be more accepting and compassionate because, as is the case with Parkinson’s disease, there is more going on than meets the eye.

Lynn highlighted that getting involved in support groups allowed her to make meaningful connections while becoming more empathetic towards those living with Parkinson’s. Not only is volunteering and giving back to the community rewarding and cost-free, but it also provides a sense of purpose. No matter where you are in your journey, every little bit counts. Lynn appreciates the sense of community at the PSSO – and the community certainly appreciates her for her kindness, compassion, and generosity!