I am participating in the Moving Day Columbus walk September 28th, 2014 on behalf of my mom (Phyllis Nelson).
My dad was my mom's caregiver until he became ill and I took over and cared for him and my mom. Then when he died three years ago, I became my mom's primary caregiver.
She has been struggling with Parkinson's Disease for over 20 years. She turn 92 years old this past March. Her youngest great granddaughter was born a week before her birthday. She hasn't seen her youngest great granddaughter in person yet but she saw pictures of Kara and she said she is adorable. She can't wait to meet her.
I am the youngest of her six children. She has 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren which range in age from 1 month to 49 years old. She will become a great grandmother and a great great grandmother again in June or July this year.
I try to get her moving by having her use her walker as much as possible or doing exercises with her. As she needs to keep her arms and legs moving as much as possible so they don't stiffen up. This is what Moving Day is all about. We want to keep people with Parkinson's Disease moving around as much as possible as we have found that the more walking or other exercises they do it tends to slow down the disease.
Parkinson's affects women differently than men. It also affect each woman and each man different as there isn't a specific treatment that will work on one person the same way as the next person.
My brothers and sisters help me out when I need a break from caring for my mother and they also take her to appointments when I unable to do since I work full-time.
Help me fight the Parkinson's disease by donating to help me raise money for the National Parkinson Foundation. You can also become a member of my team and join me on Sunday, September 28th at Crew Stadium to walk in the Moving Day Parkinson Walk.
The money raised will benefit the National Parkinson Foundation Central and Southeast Ohio Chapter.
Why Get Involved
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) continues to bring help and hope to the estimated one million people in the United States, four to six million worldwide, who are living with Parkinson’s disease. NPF is the only organization with a singular focus on improving the quality of care in Parkinson’s disease. NPF programs reach more than one million people a year through its network of 39 chapters, 43 Centers of Excellence and 900 support groups. Since 1982, NPF has funded more than $180 million in care, research and support services.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.