Thank you very much for visiting my page and offering your support.
I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) in late October 2012. At the time I was 31, about half the age of most Parkinson's patients. While less common (YOPD effects 10% of all PD patients), Parkinson's can effect young people, as I've found out first hand. While YOPD typically progresses slower than PD in an older patient, it presents different challenges as somebody with YOPD still has to juggle a job, family, etc, along with the disease. YOPD creates lots of uncertainty for the future, but I have made a determined effort to focus on what I can control and deal with the rest as it comes.
I have gone through multiple up and downs over the past two years, but am happy to currently find myself in an up. I have been fortunate to have a doctor that specializes in YOPD, an incredibly supportive fiance, and a great family. I exercise and stretch daily, which combined with an improved cocktail of medications, has me feeling better than I have in a while.
I was diagnosed at a young age, but am hopeful that I can live a productive life if I stay on my current path. That is why why it is important to support organizations like the National Parkinson Foundation. After being daignosed, there was a lot to navigate and it took awhile to find the right doctor and resources. NPF helps people get on the right path, which is why it is so important to help support this very worthy cause.
Thank you all for your continued support. Your efforts will help those currently impacted by Parkinsons and hopefully one day find a cure.