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Living with Parkinson's Disease – My Story
Since I was diagnosed I've lost my ability to speak clearly, penmanship has become illegible, my eyesight is so bad, despite prescription glasses, I need a magnifier to read anything, and my memory seems to get worse by the day. However, none of this disturbs me more than the impact on those I love, especially my husband, John, who treats me like a queen while being very respectful and aware of my need for independence.
Living with Parkinson's Disease has brought me to my knees - literally! Breast cancer in 1976, back surgery in 1989, knee replacement in 2012 have prepared me for just one more struggle It’s like a thief that comes in the night, leaving me wondering what is going to go next.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery, in January of this year, has the dyskinesia under control, but my risk of falling remains a problem. I have had four bad falls since then which have left me struggling to walk (bad back) and fearful of the next one.
My faith in God, family, and friends sustain me – those who have taken time out of their busy schedules to drive me to doctors’ appointments and sometimes just sit with me.
I’ve lived a good life with few regrets and look forward to more time with family and friends, especially our precious grandchildren, and continue to pray for a cure.
I am participating in the Moving Day NC Triangle Walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 2nd, 2013.
The event will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre (Cary, NC) 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
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.