Richelle Flanagan

WPP co-founder Richelle Flanagan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease a few months after giving birth to her second child. In living as a person with both coeliac disease and Parkinson’s, Richelle has a unique perspective not only as a health care receiver but also as a health care provider. Richelle has a Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics and a Postgraduate Certificate in Allergy. She has run her nutrition consultancy for the past 15 years, NutritionWise, providing nutritional clinics for individual clients and consultation to businesses, NGO’s, education providers and sporting organisations. She is a board member of the Coeliac Society of Ireland (CSI) and chair of their Clinical Advisory Board. She is a committee member of the Dublin branch of the Parkinson’s Association of Irelanda member of young Parkinson’s Ireland, a founding member of the PD Avengers and an Ambassador for the 2022 World Parkinson Congress. She is based in Dublin, Ireland.


A New Baby and a Diagnosis of Young Onset PD

So, there I was 3 months pregnant with a much wanted second child, having a hot chocolate on the side of a snowy mountain in the French Alps when my hand would not stop shaking. When my husband came off the slopes with my 10-year-old son, I remember saying to him ‘as long as it’s not Parkinson’s.’

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