-In honor of my amazing mother, Jane Denmark, I'm participating in Moving Day Atlanta 2014, in Cenntential Olympic Park, Atlanta, beginning at 9:00 am. Please donate $1, $5, $100, join our team, or simply show up for this wonderful, free community event.
-When Mom's hand became to tremble, I was annoyed, thinking she let her exhaustion get the best of her. She was Alabama Teacher of the Year, mother of two, working full time, serving as a caregiver for her own parents, and constantly accepting new projects and challenges. When would she learn to say no? The guilt was a bit overwhelming when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's - the tremor wasn't anything she could control.
-We've been shocked, angry, exhausted, wished for this stupid disease to go away, prayed for a cure, tried to accept it, and have been advocates for PD patients and caregivers. It never ceases to me amaze me that when I share that my mother has PD, I'm faced with a response of relief, tears, and a story of a loved one who has PD and is floundering for education and help. There is so much information available, and events like Moving Day Atlanta help spread the word of the resources that exist to help the PD community.
-My mother is my best friend, my constant advocate, and an inspiration to me. When she was first diagnosed, she didn't think she would live to see her grandchildren. Now, through hardwork (including loads of doctor's visits, exercise, yoga, and pure determination) and Dad's support, she crawls around on the floor with them, helps them garden, takes them for walks in the neighborhood, makes cookies with them, and sews them amazing clothes.
-Please consider donating, joining our team, or coming to Moving Day Atlanta to learn and enjoy an amazing community of people who have PD and are caregivers. I don't think you'll regret the experience, and I'm forever grateful to you for your contribution, of whatever nature.
Thank you for helping me honor my mother and contributing to a cause that is dear to my family!