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Sue Rossiter: Teeing Off for Parkinson’s Awareness at the Four Nations Golf Tournament

We’re excited to introduce you to Sue Rossiter, a golfer living with Parkinson’s, who has been given a remarkable opportunity—to represent England in the prestigious Four Nations Golf Tournament charity event. We’re excited to join her on this remarkable journey, supporting her every step of the way.

Sue’s Story

Sue embodies more than just a passion for golf; she’s a dedicated mother to two, a cherished grandmother to four, and a loving wife to one. Seven years ago, her life took an unexpected turn when she received a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Looking back, she suspects that she may have been experiencing symptoms for at least four years before the official diagnosis. The initial period was tough for Sue, and she battled depression for the first six months.

In the past five years, she’s had to undergo two hip replacements, adding another layer of adversity to her journey. Throughout it all, Sue has had the support of her incredible family and friends; especially a steadfast friend who has stood by her side during her toughest moments. She mentioned as well that she was able to get through the beginning thanks to a supportive neurological physiotherapist

The Power of Golf and Exercise

For nearly two decades, golf has been a central part of Sue’s life. She understands firsthand the importance of exercise when living with Parkinson’s. Golf, with its unique blend of physical activity, balance, and the social aspect of belonging to a club, has been instrumental in helping her maintain her physical and mental well-being.

In fact, Sue’s dedication to golf and her commitment to staying active have allowed her to achieve something remarkable—she’s reduced her handicap by four shots. According to Sue, such progress would not have been possible without the help of the CUE1.

How the CUE1 Helps Sue Play Golf

In an interview with us, Sue has said “Obviously I have what everybody calls my buzzer, my CUE1. It has made a considerable difference. If you get a CUE1 it’s not a ‘wow’ transformation the second you put it on. for me it’s more subtle than that. You know, you notice that your legs don’t get so heavy when your medication is wearing off. Your stride is a little longer. My sleep is so much better. My energy levels have increased. I just generally feel better.”

She also added that “Interestingly, last year, my friend and I ran off the day playing golf and my shots were going more wide and not as long as they had been a few days earlier and I realised I had not turned my buzzer on. And within 20 minutes they straightened up. 

My husband pointed out, he also plays golf; we do the front nine and then depending on my timing I tend to run out of what I call my personal juice, my meds start running out, as I have the hill to walk up, and so you get a bit sloppy with your walking.

But we noticed with the CUE1 that I was still lifting my feet. So if I’m not wearing it, my legs go dead and heavy. And if I am wearing it, I have a longer time before I notice that my legs have gone. And it’s normally that trigger that makes me think I forgot to take the medication again.

But so it extends my period of time that I can go without my medication, I suppose. That is a way of putting it. So it definitely helps that.”

Sue’s Opportunity to Shine

Now, Sue has a golden opportunity to represent England in the Four Nations Golf Tournament charity event, set to take place at the Belfry golf course on October 10th and 11th. It’s a chance to shine a spotlight on the incredible impact that sports and exercise can have on those living with the condition.

With the help of the community, we have raised £870, equivalent to 115% of the target funds necessary for Sue’s sponsorship, which is essential for her entry into the tournament. Charco has matched the contributions, and we would like to thank those who have joined us in supporting Sue. Your sponsorship has made it possible for Sue to pursue this amazing opportunity.

We want to wish Sue the best of luck as she prepares to represent England in the Four Nations Golf Tournament. We are confident that you will shine brightly on the golf course and as an advocate for Parkinson’s awareness. :)

Teeing Off for Parkinson’s Awareness

Sue’s journey is a testament to the resilience and strength of people living with Parkinson’s. It’s a reminder that with determination, support, and the right tools, one can continue to pursue their passions and make a difference in the world. We, at Charco, are grateful to be able to stand beside Sue on this journey, and we invite you to join us in cheering for her as she tees off for Parkinson’s awareness at the Four Nations Golf Tournament today. 

If you are a CUE1 user and would like to share your story, please don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing [email protected]. We would love to be part of your journey. :)