Ms. Norma Mercurio
Lyman and Becky Goff
I am participating in the Moving Day Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation Central & Southeast Ohio on Sept. 29th, 2013.
The event will take place at the Crew Stadium and will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.
Please consider being a part of my team or sponsoring me, and I encourage you to get your friends, family and coworkers involved.
Why Get Involved
Dear Loved Ones,
This will be an emotional writing for me as my journey with Parkinson's has been an emotional one. I was first diagnosed three years ago at the end of August, right after my July 17th move to Columbus. However, as any PD patient will tell you, the disease began long before it could be officially diagnosed. Because the diagnosis is based solely on symptoms, by the time it can be recognized for what it is, about 80% of the dopamine in our brains has been destroyed.
The earliest symptoms that I recall were about 5 years ago, during the summer of 2008 - a stiff neck, anxiety, depression, a fall that I took the evening of Rob and Beth's rehearsal dinner - were my first symptoms and I would say continue to be the ones I deal with the most. I do not have tremors, but the stiffness continues. If I sit or stand in any one place too long, I can really stiffen up. Balance has become an issue for me also, and I will occassionally fall.
It was almost a relief to get the diagnosis because then I could understand what was happening to my body and do something about it. Medication for the anxiety and depression has really helped, as well as EXERCISE, massage therapy, and a positive attitude along with a strong faith, that assures me that I am never alone, make life livable and enjoyable! Never feel sorry for me for I am very blessed and all of you reading this are blessings to me. There are worse things than Parkinson's Disease. I have the best of doctors and an exercise specialist who keeps me and several of us moving! I am not as strong as I was last year, but yet I continue to fight on to defeat this devastating disease that attacks those so much younger than me and my heart breaks for them.
I just want to thank you for your support, whatever form it may take. You are on my team!!!!
With my love and God's blessings,
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 $172 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.