Name:

 

Douglas Little

Country of residence:

 

USA

Age:

 

66

Occupation:

 

Retired Attorney

What is your relationship with your PD walking partner?

 

 

Spouse (Nan (Kathryn) Little)

How has a diagnosis of PD affected your relationship with your walking partner?

 

 

I have to deal with the symptoms, especially the mental ones such as anxiety and impatience. Nan does a very good job handling the physical symptoms by her cycling. Occasionally, I have to remind her to get on her bike.

What are your current views/feelings of your PD walking partnerís life with PD?

 

She works hard to fight it and encourages others to do the same. Wanting to serve as an inspiration, she tends to overreact to any slight decline that might be attributable to PD.

What has motivated you to take part in the Kilimanjaro climb and to be a walking partner for people with PD?

 

 

I had no choice (but I like adventures, even when they are not on my bucket list)!

What is your previous experience of hiking/climbing?

 

 

 A fair amount of day hiking and a lot of hiking/ walking associated with stream fishing. Some backpacking years ago. Climbed Mt. St Helens and to the 13,000 ft. level of Mount Rainier. Not much in recent years due to a bad knee.

How do you plan to support your PD walker companion during the Kilimanjaro climb?

 

 

Mainly watch her decisions and make sure she is prepared for each day. Also, keep reminding her and myself to drink and eat.

What hopes/aspirations do you have before and after the Kilimanjaro climb?

Get to the summit for a photo of us with the banner of supporters (and get down on a gimpy knee).