Mr. Teo Kim Hoe (better known as “Hero Teo”), 70-year old, has suffered from PD for four years. His Parkinson’s blog, which is the first and only one in Malaysia, is very illustrative and comprehensive.
His blog (www.heroteo.com) describes how he overcomes his illness with optimism and confidence. Despite not having any medical qualification, he discusses many medical issues which are considered to be difficult for the general public. The following is the personal account of Mr. Teo:
Why I started my blog
As far as I know, 2% of the world’s population, above the age of 60 years, suffers from Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Besides, PD does not have any social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries either. Even though there is no official statistics in Malaysia, I have been told that there is a total of about 15 000 Parkinson’s patients. And this number is likely to increase as the general population ages. Thus, there are many people in Malaysia who are suffering from this illness.
I have always wanted to tell the world how I fight my PD. By creating a blog, I hope to send a strong message to all the readers that there are people suffering from PD who need the support of the general public. Malaysians need to be aware of the existence of PD, and its physical, emotional and mental complications. Through this blog, I can share my experience on how I cope with and understand my illness.
Most of all, Parkinson’s patients need to know that they are not alone.
Parkinson’s patients have movement disorders which could be misinterpreted as effects of ageing. As such, this leads to delayed or late diagnosis. This is most unfortunate for Parkinson’s patients because early diagnosis and treatment would have prevented their suffering during the early stage of illness (prior to the diagnosis).
Currently, there are very effective medications which relieve the symptoms of PD and thus, help patients to continue leading independent and fruitful lives. Furthermore, complementary treatments such as exercise are also useful in maintaining good muscle tone, strength and posture.
I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to everyone who has encouraged me to start my blog, especially the National Parkinson’s Foundation of the United States of America, which has answered my queries and helped me whenever I do not understand my illness. Also, I would like to thank my wife and family for their kind support and understanding.
I feel proud that I am able to serve the Parkinson’s community. Finally, I hope that my blog will serve as an encouragement for the setting up of more services for Malaysian Parkinson’s patients and their families.
Mr. Teo Kim Hoe
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
28th November 2007.