Welcome to the Fred's Folks Moving Day® Team Page!
Parkinson's is a strange disease. While it results in the death of the brain cells that produce dopamine (necessary for movement), its symptoms can be all over the map. While my symptoms have been mainly "motor symptoms" (tremors, tight muscles, balance), I've also been experiencing what is called Orthostatic Hypotension. That's a fancy way of saying my blood pressure sometimes plummets when I stand up. As a result, in addition to my family doctor and neurologist, I now had to bring my cardiologist into the equation. Proper support for PD is very holistic, involving many medical specialties as well as physical therapists and trainers, social workers, nutritionists, and so on. I'm lucky since I live just outside of Houston, and the Texas Medical Center in Houston has world class Parksinson's facilities. In the meantime, I'm working to find my new normal. If I get too tired or worn out the symptoms start to come back, so I'm still learning how much I can push myself and where to back off. I don't know how quickly or severely my case of Parkinsons will progress. So, while I can, I will walk to try to help bring attention and raise money for the fight against PD.
If anyone is in D.C. on June 3rd, you're welcome to come join us. The walk will take place on the National Mall near the Washington Monument. If you would like to donate, just click on a team member's name on the roster portion of this page. And if you just want to send good thoughts, we'll take all of those we can get as well!
Thank you for supporting us and the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.