Did you know that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes in the United States? If you're like me, all you know/knew about Parkinson's is that it afflicted/afflicts Muhammad Ali, Michael J. Fox, and Linda Ronstadt. Well, late last year, I was diagnosed with Tremor-Dominant Parkinson's. I had been having a tremor in my right hand for well over a year, but was dismissing it as a by-product of a previous shoulder problem. I started noticing other symptoms whenever the tremor was present: unusual muscle tightness, balance issues, a lack of swing in my right arm when I walked. I might go for days without any symptoms, but they would all come roaring back, especially when I was stressed or fatigued. I went to my doctor, who eliminated some potential diagnoses, and then on to a neurologist who diagnosed the Parkinson's.
I'm now in the process of doing all I can to combat this, knowing that I have no idea how quickly it will progress or how severe the symptoms will become (Parkinson's is strange like that). I do know that keeping up with my meds, exercise, proper nutrition, and pacing myself will all help to slow the progression of the disease (plus retirement helps!).
The current research into PD is making tremendous strides. In order to help fund that research and support those with Parkinson's, I am participating in Moving Day® DC , benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Please consider sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.
Many Thanks, Fred