Chris was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the young age of 39 years old. On reflection, he recalled the early signs of his condition, such as struggling to get in and out of the car, becoming clumsy, and experiencing tremors. Friends and family noticed these changes as well, prompting Chris to visit his GP, which ultimately led to his diagnosis.

As an individual who enjoyed playing golf, football, and spending time with friends, Chris found his world turned upside down following his diagnosis. As his symptoms worsened, his confidence plummeted, and apathy set in. Eventually, the symptoms of his condition forced him to seek new employment closer to home.

Fortunately, Chris found a supportive employer who offered him reduced hours and flexible working. At the same time he also received deep brain stimulation – a life-changing “pacemaker for the brain.” Prior to having the device fitted he used to drag his feet, but the device helped him to reduce his tremors, improve his ability to walk, and opened the door to return to being active again.


Once lockdown lifted, Chris returned to work and noticed the ‘Mind2Muscle’ logo on a printed document, he inquired about it and was instantly drawn to the organisation. During his first visit, he discovered a newfound joy in table tennis, which helped him with his balance and tremors.

Initially Chris attended group sessions at Mind2Muscle, and learned to walk normally again, dramatically improving his quality of life. Now, he enjoys a range of activities, including walking football sessions with Creative Football and is proud to play in the WFA England Parkinson’s team.

Chris has found that taking part in these sessions has made him feel part of a community, with like-minded others who experience similar challenges and experiences relating to their health conditions.
At the gym, Chris focuses on maintaining his health and wellbeing through exercises such as rowing, cycling, circuit training, and boxing. Being active has not only helped him physically but also mentally, allowing him to feel better than he has in years.

Today, Chris is passionate about sharing his journey and inspiring others navigating the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.