When a loved one becomes desperately ill, people often say: “It’s best to remember them how they used to be.”
One man took that advice literally, and his tribute to his beloved mother, who is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, is going viral.
Reddit user RealSlimShaney posted the photograph (above) of his mom on her wedding day back in the 1980s.
She looks beautiful, exuding the love and joy any marriage union will bring to a young woman.
And it’s just how RealSlimShaney wants to remember her.
In a moving note with the photograph, he says: “My mom has advanced Parkinson’s these days, so I wanted to make sure this picture of her looking like a TEN at my parents’ wedding goes on forever – mid-1980s.”
Within hours of posting on the social media website, his message had been ‘upvoted’ 18,000 times -and 600 comments had been left, many from others whose parents or loved ones were ill with Parkinson’s Disease.
thevikisback wrote: “It’s a real fight with Parkinson’s and difficult to understand unless you witness it firsthand. It’s hard watching the struggle just to get out of bed in the morning. But Parkinson’s warriors are truly some of the strongest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. My heart is with you and your mom.”
Another poster, RAINING_DAYS, adds: “Make sure to value every second, now. That’s what counts.”
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, causing problems in the brain that get worse over time.
There’s currently no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, and medics don’t yet know why people get the condition. But there are lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to help manage the condition.
There are three main symptoms for the disease: Tremor – involuntary shaking movement in a part of your body; slowness – movements are slower or less co-ordinated; rigidity – stiff or inflexible muscles.