Dear family and friends,
I am excited to be participating again in the Moving Day NC Triangle walk, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation on November 1st, 2014. I participated in the first Moving Day in the Triangle last year and it was fun and inspiring!
The event is for all ages and abilities. Last year, my husband Carl, sister Beth, son David, and granddaughter Catie joined me on a gorgeous fall day for the fun-filled, family-friendly event at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC. Once again on November 1, 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. I hope you will join me this year.
Parkinson's is a movement disorder. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in February 2007 and yes, it has changed my life. There are a few things I don't (or can't) do anymore, but I choose to focus on what I can do and set goals for what I want to do and work toward that goal. I need to keep moving.
Staying physically active has become very important. I work with a personal trainer at Rex Wellness Center. Molli is terrific! We work on cardio, balance, core strength, my gait. She is always doing research , trying to find the best exercises for me. She challenges me but knows when to stop pushing.
Carl and I continue to travel. We just returned from a trip to the Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, and Zion National Parks. We didn't hike into the canyons like we did a few years back, but we walked shorter trails and rented a jeep so we could drive the trails in Canyonlands. What an adventure!
I enjoy working in our church Clothing Ministry and delivering food for the Backpack Buddies program. Carl and I have joined a seniors group that meets weekly, does projects, and takes short trips together. I serve as the chapter treasurer for NC Alpha Theta of Alpha Delta Kappa. I rejoice in the friendships I have made through our Young Onset Support Group. The programs and members have inspired me to remain active and enjoy life.
My grandchildren keep me active!. Going to the park; having tea parties; going for walks; cooking, and playing games together - those activities wear me out! But we are building memories of doing things together.
I am fortunate to have a loving, supportive husband, family, and friends. I have access to excellent doctors, therapists, a strong Parkinson's support group, and educational opportunities to keep me informed about the lataest research. Every person with PD should have those things.
I hope you will join me in my fundraising efforts for NPF. For those of you in the Raleigh area, come join our team at the Koka Booth Ampitheater on November 1st. It will be a day you won't forget! I wasn't able to walk around the lake last year. My goal is to walk the whole way this year!
(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.