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Wallaroo Report

By Bill Daniels

March 16, 2001

Jane, Bill, Glenys and Rosemary
Jane, Bill, Glenys and Rosemary at the meeting

The Upper Yorke Peninsula Support Group meets quarterly in the Wallaroo Community Health Centre. The room available is spacious and well appointed. It is on the first floor, but served by a lift. There is plenty of car parking 20 metres from the building’s entrance.

I was invited to address the group in March. My wife and daughter came with me as my carers. We had a pleasant drive from Adelaide, stopping off in Kadina to window shop and have lunch. After the meeting we headed for the excellent down-town antique shop, then a drive around the new marina before heading for home.

Sufferers and carers at the meeting
Sufferers and carers at the meeting

It was good to meet people with whom I had spoken on the phone: Jane, a co-coordinator from Bute; and Glenys, a “country contact” from Ardrossan. They, together with around a dozen sufferers and carers, made us feel most welcome.

We discussed: coping with the dreaded disease; accepting the syndrome; current developments in research; and I tried to debunk some myths about magical cures (particularly those available through multilevel marketing). We talked of ways of treating particular symptoms and ways to recognise one’s limits, and to maintain positive self-esteem. I mentioned the role of the Internet in breaking down the barriers – for communication with the Society, including the specialist services offered by SAYME; research on the Web; and communication through

Sufferers and carers at the meeting
Sufferers and carers at the meeting

I highlighted the importance of an active Society and the services it provides – Talking Point, Support Groups and the Telephone Information and Support Line, especially for people isolated by distance as well as the Syndrome. I was able to display some of the Society’s memorabilia which was readily acquired.

The group plans to hold a badge day in the local towns either during International Awareness Week or when the Badge Day is on in Adelaide, to raise community awareness as well as funds.

Sufferers and carers at the meeting
Sufferers and carers at the meeting

There are issues of: correct and appropriate diagnosis; alternative therapies and treatments for specific symptoms; and advocacy which offer challenge for us all.

It was a rewarding but tiring day for us, and I thank the group for their warmth and eagerness to listen.


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