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Published on May 6, 2013
Andy McDowell was diagnosed with early onset PD in December, 2009, aged 43. He wrote the poem "Smaller" for his children - to help them understand what was happening to him. The defining message being that whilst Parkinson's has forever changed him - and the body he inhabits - he's still his own man.
He lives in Auckland New Zealand with his wife Kate and their 2 children, Lily and Pearl, and runs a marketing consultancy.