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Margaret’s Miracle Light Gives New Lease On Life!

Margaret Jarrett has been using light therapy for the past three years to treat her Parkinson’s symptoms, helping her regain her sense of smell, improve her gait, gut health and overall wellbeing.

Margaret Jarrett Parkinson's light therapy

Daily life can be frustrating for those living with Parkinson’s, and that certainly rang true for Margaret Jarrett.

Margaret was first diagnosed with the neurological condition in 2011 after noticing she couldn’t control her fingers on her left hand.

Over time, Margaret found simple tasks like carrying her groceries became increasingly difficult. She also suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and would stay at home for fear of going out and being ‘caught short’.

But Margaret now has a new lease on life with the help of local research trials offering red light therapy.

Margaret signed up for a light therapy trial supported by The Hospital Research Foundation Group – Parkinson’s, and the outcome has been incredible.

“When something hits you like getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you want to be able to manage it in any way you can. This is why research into complementary treatments like red light therapy is vital,” says Margaret.

How does red light therapy work?

Light therapy works on the mitochondria of cells to increase energy production, improve blood flow to neurons and works to help our genes assist the brain in repairing itself.

Margaret delivers the light treatment using a specially-designed helmet and handheld laser for 30 minutes, three times a week. It’s a non-intrusive, comfortable treatment with zero side effects, and the results have been astounding.

Most patients saw improvements in their Parkinson’s symptoms, including gait, balance, cognition and fine motor skills.

After six weeks of treatment, Margaret regained her sense of smell!

While lining up for a sausage in bread at Bunnings, she realised she could smell the onion sizzling on the BBQ. That was the first time she could smell since shortly after her diagnosis!

The tremors in Margaret’s hands decreased, meaning carrying groceries is no longer such an arduous chore.

She says the therapy has helped her control her Parkinson’s and IBS, and allowed her to keep trying new things.

“I feel that when I use my helmet and handheld laser, magic is happening. I thought it was a miracle.”

“You’re not really living if you don’t do new things, or if you curtail things because you’re afraid. I think the light therapy has helped me so much in that regard.”

Margaret’s incredible transformation is because of our generous donors. We can’t thank you enough!

You can make a donation to ensure lifechanging medical research can continue, thanks to The Hospital Research Foundation Group. Donate now.