In this Sunflower Story, Paul Pengelly discusses how fibromyalgia impacts his physical and mental health.
It took almost three years for Paul to be diagnosed and his acceptance of his condition has been key to making adjustments, from pacing his life to using a scooter as well as making useful changes to his home environment.
Darren Carew was a career solider in the Army until an accident occurred which would change his life forever. In this conversation Darren explains how his whole world was turned upside down by the accident which has left him an amputee with a mild brain trauma, dyscalculia and PTSD. We talk about the impact his conditions have had on him and his family.
Matthew Tinsley, diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (AS), has a degree in Modern Languages and spent his entire professional life working in the sphere of specialist bookshops. After many years struggling with alcoholism and two failed marriages, he overcame his addiction.
Lorina aged 18 was diagnosed with (Autism and dyspraxia) When she was younger she was told that she would likely not be able to ride a bike due to balance and gross motor skills. She also struggles to socialise and understand social cues from people.
Meet Gerard and Josie Harrington from Western Australia. Gerard has a rare form of dementia called Posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), also known as Benson's syndrome. Gerard's condition means that his brain has difficulty processing things. This effects everything from his speech to moving around as his vision is also affected.