Shreyas Malkan, 48, assistant vice president at a telecom company, is undeterred by the tremors in his hand or the stiffness in his body. Suffering from Parkinson's, Malkan maintains a full-time job, looks after his family and finds time for serious hobbies such as running marathons.
Malkan has been on medication for the past four years. He commutes from his home at Borivli to his office in Navi Mumbai in a bus. Unfazed by the gruelling two-hour commute one way, he starts his day as early as 5.30am and wraps up only by 11.30pm.
"Determination is the most important thing. One must not feel affected by the disease. That is what makes the most difference. It was slightly tough last year but my determination to complete the marathon helped," said Malkan, who has participated in the half marathon thrice after he was diagnosed with the disease.
He insists on no restrictions including commuting by bus or work-related travel out of Mumbai. "I used a car for some time, but a bus is more convenient in this traffic," he said.
Slowing of movements and tremors bothered him but he got involved in activities of The Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorder Society (PDMDS) such as dance therapy, speech sessions and group physiotherapy class.
"Every activity that requires precision takes longer, be it buttoning your shirt or tying shoe laces or even writing. One must go on practising to get better at it and not avoid doing it. The more activity you do, the better it is for your body's flexibility," said Malkan. He added that if he had more time he would participate in PDMDS's weekly activities too.
"Stop parking and start living," is what I tell other patients, because they tend to park themselves after diagnosis," said Malkan.