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Written for Shake It Up Australia
SAF STEPS OUT OF HER COMFORT ZONE AND RUNS FOR PARKINSON’S
What Drives Your Commitment to find a cure for Parkinson’s? My mum who has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over 20 years has approached her illness in the same way she approaches everything else in life. With humour. In our latest visit to her annual neurologist appointment, the doctor drew our attention to her wagging hand whenever she walked. This to her, was something she hadn’t noticed before. This was also reason enough to laugh at one’s own misfortunes and say; “it’s like the tail of a veryhappy dog” (this the PG version of what she actually said). She continued laughing as did we. My mum’s relentless efforts to make the most out of her life despite certain limitations is what gives me inspiration to make the most out of my own life. She approaches everything with optimism and humour. The only time she complains about her illness is when she gets a sudden violent tremour in her hand causing her to spill the coffee in her mug. Even then she complains about the loss of coffee rather than the illness. Mum doesn’t believe in wasting food, but believes illnesses are a part of life. It has been in her case. What drives my commitment to finding a cure for Parkinson’s, or in my case, helping in the tiniest possible way, is a selfish reason. I want my mum to be rid of this illness which she has learned to live with. I can only imagine the joy and relief she will feel once a cure is found, not only for herself, but for others who also have this illness.
Why Shake It Up Australia? A few years ago, we saw a change in mum’s cognitive abilities. In a desperate attempt to find information which could help her latest ailment, I stumbled upon the various studies that were conducted and found myself reading more about the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This later lead me to my heroes, Shake It Up Australia. Since then, I wanted to do something to help, however never found the right time or way in which to help. I feel awful for writing that, and have vowed to do more going forward regardless of how small my efforts may seem. I take comfort in the fact that we have such an amazing foundation working desperately to find a cure for an illness so close to home, and I feel honoured that people like me can do something, no matter how small, to help.
Tell us what you are doing/did to Shake Things Up? Despite my young age, I have had my own health issues in the past. I have always envied people who were able to run and who enjoyed running as this was something I couldn’t do based on what I thought were health reasons. As it turns out, it wasn’t related to health at all. It was lack of motivation and drive. The idea of running for “fun” at the time seemed ridiculous and impossible. How can running, the type of exercise that makes you sweat a tsunami, the thing where you breathe like a 60 year old smoker, the thing that causes all your joints to hurt, how could that be fun? This year, I set myself a challenge to change the way I thought and to do something about it. If mum, a woman who has Parkinson’s Disease and who has limited mobility can still continue to push herself both physically and mentally to walk and move around, why can’t I? I started training and signed up to the Medibank Melbourne Marathon and am proud to say, ran the 5k. The humble collection of funds I received for this run, not only gave funds to a charity I hold very close to my heart, but also sparked greater conversation amongst my community. People were talking about Parkinson’s at a greater depth. They were starting to understand that the tremors weren’t the only signs of Parkinson’s Disease.
Greatest Reward The greatest reward personally was training myself physically and mentally to do something that I thought was impossible years ago. I have also given my mum another thing to brag about amongst her gang of older female friends (I call them a gang because if you saw them and heard what they spoke about, you would label them as such as well) When I signed up for the run, Shake It Up Australia were very kind to reach out to me and provide support I didn’t know I needed. Getting to know the people behind Shake It Up Australia is one of the many rewards of doing the run for Parkinson’s. The foundation which was very close to my heart is now very much a part of me and I hope to do more in the future.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up? If there’s something you want to do to help, but unsure about how it can contribute, don’t think too much about “doing” it. Just go out and do it. The more people we have talking about Parkinson’s and the more people we have taking part in events like fun runs, bake offs, or anything to raise funds, the sooner we will have a cure. Parkinson’s Disease is something that’s not on the forefront of conversation at the moment, but with all of our continued efforts, I am confident more people will get on board and do something to help. There are amazing people working on the scientific/medical aspect of finding a cure, let us, non scientific folk do something to get the word out there, more than ever.
There are so many ways you can get involved and make a difference. Host your own event, run or walk in an athletic event or make a donation to research. We need your help, together we can make a difference to over 80,000 Aussies living with Parkinson’s.
Written for Rachel Ziv - Client: Canberra Community Bank
THE ANNUAL FEARLESS COMEDY GALA: THE RETURN OF HILARITY FOR CHARITY
The Fearless Comedy Gala is back in 2018 for it’s third year with the promise to provide more laughter than ever before. The hilarity for charity event is due to take place at the Canberra Theatre Centre on Thursday 4 October at 7:30pm. All proceeds raised at this year’s event will be donated to Toora Women’s Inc and Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) who provide support for families affected by domestic violence in the Canberra community.
Juliet Moody who is the event’s founder, comedian, and survivor of domestic violence, came up with the idea to use comedy as a platform to raise funds and awareness for a cause close to her heart. Juliet says the main focus of these charities is supporting families, with a greater emphasis on the children and teenagers affected in these difficult situations.
“One of the programs they offer is targeted at teenagers. It’s so important that these groups are getting the services and support they need. If you don’t capture them, they end up homeless or incarcerated. The more we can do, the better for the community”.
In its first year, Fearless Comedy Gala raised $30,000. A stellar effort followed in the second year where the Gala raised $40,000. The third year of the Gala hopes to raise more funds with the help of these kind hearted comedians and the community.
This year, Fearless Comedy Gala decided to mix it up and bring new performers on board. With such an eclectic group of comedians coming together, this years Gala is destined to be unlike any other event in the festival.
The brand new stellar lineup of comedians include the headlining act, Claire Hooper (Australia’s most loved team captain on Good News Week and host on The Great Australian Bake Off), Canberra’s very own Chris Ryan, and featuring comedy superstars Tessa Waters, Ryan Coffey, Dane Simpson and hosted once again by the great Jean Kittson. The two hour event promises to provide laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching, feel good comedy to all, all the while providing support to a worthy cause.
Sponsored by Canberra Community Bank, Fearless Comedy Gala is giving you and a friend the chance to win a VIP, all exclusive back-stage pass to mingle with the stars of the show. To enter the competition, simply buy a VIP ticket valued at $79 before the 21st of September. Fearless Comedy Gala is on Thursday 4 October at 7:30 pm. Tickets start from $39 to $79 and can be purchased from the Canberra Theatre Box Office or through the Canberra Theatre Website.
Written for Rachel Ziv - Client: Accord Hypnotherapy
TO FIGHT OR TO FLIGHT?
Your overall well-being is critical to not only how you live your life, but how you live in the lives of others. Your physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational well-being are all interchangeable throughout your life. They peak at different times and have varying affects. Those who possess the ability to see the warning signs when one part of their wellbeing is under threat, are able to find the strength to change their lives for the better.
The fight or flight response is a term psychologists have labelled on one’s reactions to stressful situations. In layman’s terms, the fight or flight response is identified as “you fight through the stressful situation” or “you run from it”. Naturally, running from the stresses is seen as the easier, more comfortable option. It may be easy and comfortable until it affects other areas in your life. In which case, it becomes a greater burden and can potential increase your stress levels.
Various factors affect your overall health. The basics like a good night’s sleep or a healthy meal can have the biggest impact on your overall wellbeing. If you’ve noticed changes in your sleeping, eating, drinking or have noticed you’ve picked up new habits like excessive gambling or smoking, it might be time to ask yourself why that is. Noticing and acknowledging the changes in your behaviour is the first step you can take cure yourself from your problems. Whether you have just come out of a long term relationship or you were made redundant from your secure job or you’ve put on a few extra kilos, various life factors can lead to change that is often negative. We can bounce back from the minor setbacks but sometimes setbacks keep piling up. The bigger the pile, the harder it is to climb out of it.
Look into yourself. Look at yourself. Look for yourself. If you have any of these problems and sick of flying away from them, then I can help you fight them.
Our behaviour can be changed with one simple desire for change. Having the desire for change and doing something about it are not often that easy. Hypnotherapy can help you break the cycle you find yourself in, and help you fight the cause. It can re-wire your thinking and change the outcome of your life. Hypnotherapy can be the helping hand you’ve always needed but never found.
Wouldn’t you rather be a fighter than a flyer? Are you ready to be the best version of yourself, for yourself and those you love?
Change your life for the better. Book a hypnotherapy session today.
Written for Rachel Ziv - Client: Menslink
MANAGING GAMING ADDICTIONS
News on gaming addiction in children and young adults is as common as news on politics. Every day we hear a new story about a young person who is unable to live a normal, healthy life due to their gaming addiction. Some will argue that gaming teaches young people valuable life skills like problem solving, decision making and resilience, however, if boundaries and limitations are not set early on, it can become problematic and teach them ideals and behaviour that is negative.
We live in an era of smart devices, easy access to information, and the ability to communicate with people from all over the world. All this can be done without leaving our seats. Easy access to games and forums for games is just the start of the problem. Affordability is another factor in what makes gaming so admirable. Paying $1 for a game that’s going to give you hours of entertainment can be seen as a bargain. Some games are even free. How can anyone resist the urge? There is also the issue of having too many options. Whatever your child happens to be interested in or engaged by, there is more than likely a game that will allow them to escape into their preferred virtual world.
While most young people can set apart the virtual world from their reality, they are able to play and maintain a healthy, active, social life without it impacting their friendships or education. Lately, there has been an increasing group of young people who find the appeal of escaping reality so tantalising that they develop an addiction. Unknowingly the thrill of taking part in a game and utilising their mastered skills affects the way they live in the real world and influences the type of person they are to become.
One of the many problems with addiction is that it sets unrealistic expectations about the real world and encourages behaviour that is normally deemed inappropriate. In the example of multi-player games, if a player, “friend”, is not performing as well as others, they can be deleted and replaced with a newer, better player. This behaviour often taints the value of real life friendship and a friend is seen as someone, or something that can be replaced.
Gaming addiction is preventable. Taking action before the symptoms of addiction are apparent is obviously the best solution to a problem we will continue to hear about.
The common symptoms of gaming addiction include:
Obsession with the game(s)
Lying about time spent on playing the game(s)
Loss of interest in other activities
Mood changes, including irritability and anxiety
There are many studies which explore methods that prevent children and young adults from losing sight of their reality. Some examples include setting time restrictions, talking about addiction and encouraging extra curricular activities.
Moderation is the most important skill to teach young people, not only to tackle gaming addiction, but to help them grow into healthy, functioning adults. The earlier we can teach young people moderation, the better. The more we talk about gaming addiction, the better equipped we are with dealing with the consequences.
Steve Biddulph and Maggie Dent both have some great tips on how to help your child manage their time and dependence on the cyber world. You can find more information at: