Although Gary Boyle was born in Dublin in May 1965, he lived all his early life in the midland town of Carlow. After a brief period of 3rd Level study, Gary moved to London in the mid-80’s and stayed there until 1990. By then Gary had met Joan (Duffy) and they married in 1992. A couple of years living and working in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary preceded a move back to Dublin where Joan and Gary still live, along with their son, Daire and daughter, Bronwyn.
In Gary’s early career he spent 10 years working in various roles within the construction industry. In 1997 he made a significant career change into Human Resources and the following year he completed his studies with the award of BSc. Management (European Law). Gary enjoyed a wonderful career with a large U.S. multinational, working at the leading edge of HR, both in Ireland and also for a couple of years in the U.S. Then, in 2009, life changed utterly for Gary when he received a diagnosis of ‘Young Onset’ Parkinson’s Disease – a deteriorating health problem that was as unexpected as it is rare for any 44 year old. The following 5 years proved increasingly difficult as Gary’s health deteriorated, and, given the state of his health by the end of 2015, Gary was admitted onto his employer’s ‘Income Protection’ insurance plan.
The impact of this change in status for Gary has been quite dramatic. He has embraced the positive benefits of exercise in a way that has quite literally transformed his life. Gary has become a champion for an ‘inter-disciplinary’ approach in dealing with Parkinson’s, and indeed all neurological conditions. For Gary the combination of exercise, diet, medication and rest, along with the loving support of Joan, Daire and Bronwyn, is what keeps him sane, happy and healthy – deteriorating neurological condition aside!
Gary has made it his mission to drive Patient Advocacy forward so that in all medical consultations the Patient is always placed first; is always considered the expert in whatever condition is diagnosed. The frustrations Gary may sometimes experience with his mission in life are all forgotten when he listens to music, especially Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin; when he gets on his bike and cycles through the Phoenix Park, or when he goes for a run with brother and best buddy, Patrick.