|20030901||Tom Isaacs, diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease when he was 27 describes the realities of being a young person living with a 'disease of the elderly' and presents a personal investigation of current research which promises new treatments and even cures for his disease.|
Tom is a 33 year old chartered surveyor.
Last year he walked around the entire coastline of Britain, climbed three mountains, run two marathons and raised a quarter of million pounds for research into the disease that has ruled his life for the last seven years.
Everyday he takes a cocktail of drugs to help him function.
Some days they work, some days they don't.
He cannot predict when they leave him temporarily paralysed.
Tom isn't a unique case, according to the Parkinson's society, 120, 000 people in the UK have the disease, 10,000 more are diagnosed each year and of these, 1in 20 are people under the age of 40.
The effects of the disease can be devastating, shaking, paralysis, the loss of coordination and the ability to write, communicate and even smile.
Tom gives an intimate description of his everyday realities of living with this all-consuming disease and undertakes a personal journey to investigate the realities of researchers' claims to be near a cure.
Presenting and conducting the interviews, Tom asks questions informed by his extensive knowledge, experience and personal investment in Parkinson's treatments.
Tom engages with the scientists on a direct level, posing challenging questions from the point of view of someone who stands to be directly affected from the success or failures of their research.