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Interview with Emma Lawton

Graphic designer and creative director Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s at only 29 years old. Since then, she has gone on to inspire others with her personal story, empowering them to find their own voice. In this interview with A-Speakers she reveals where she finds her inspiration and gives her 3 best tips for coping with a life-changing diagnosis.

Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career so far?

My first speaking opportunity was my favourite, not because it was the biggest or most prolific, but because it was my first and I realised people wanted to listen to my story.


What do you consider the most valuable realization you have had since you were diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s?

Not to worry about small things you can’t change in life. By stopping worrying about every little thing I can dedicate my energy to the big problems and they seem easier to cope with when you have a clear mind that’s not cluttered with tiny issues.


What is the main message that you hope people take away from your book Dropping the P Bomb?

That my life (and the book) is about much more than a health condition. Parkinson’s is something some people get dealt but you cope with it and carry on with life. I would love people to feel inspired by the book to see their own lives a bit differently, to hug their loved ones closer and be excited by the potential of every day just like I am.


Who or what inspires you most?

Anyone who loves what they’re doing, is trailblazing and making mistakes but learning all the time.


Can you give 3 tips for other individuals struggling to come to terms with a serious diagnosis?

1) See your condition as a person, you’ll fight it much harder if you think of it as an opponent.

2) Speak to other people with your condition. Don’t be an island. I tried to get by on my own for a year without support from others who had it and it’s definitely much less lonely when you have people to moan about the bad days/celebrate the good days with.

3) Be open about it. I’m a big advocate of openness, I find that life is easier when people know what you’re dealing with and how you want them to treat you.


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