WHEN Jeff Lee’s hand shook, he just put it in his pocket.
It was the first sign of an illness he would deny for the next year.
Finally, he went to the doctor and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
But it was another seven years until he felt he could attend a North East Parkinson’s Support Group meeting.
“I didn’t want to see how I could end up,” Mr Lee said.
“But I went and ended up feeling more comfortable.”
Fear of the unknown was one of his biggest issues, with Parkinson’s Support Group co-ordinator Alys Cummings saying that lack of understanding about the disease often caused denial in those diagnosed.
In the support group of about 35 people, many were women who gathered information for their husbands who were not yet ready to acknowledge the illness.
“We understand that people will only do things when they’re ready,” Ms Cummings said.
So, to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s Victoria, Ms Cummings and Pam McMillan have organised the Cure for Parkie’s Walk at Wodonga’s Sumsion Gardens.
The walk, to be held on Sunday, October 13, will begin at the car park at 11am.