Have you thought much about your retirement? What will you do when you stop working? Will you travel? Will you finally get to re-model your home? Will you get to sit back and enjoy the grandkids or maybe take in a few more movies?
Many of us plan for it and save for it, but what if we get there and we can’t do any of the things we were looking forward to? What if you were struggling with a neurodegenerative disease that was slowing you down and taking over your life, absconding your life savings and dreams?
Parkinson’s does that! -- Not only for you, but for your spouse too. You had no intentions of choosing this lifestyle; it chooses you.
In 2001 my Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He is the fourth person in my family to have it; his mother and two aunts also had this disease. When I first found out my Dad was diagnosed with PD, I had no idea the toll it would take on my Dad’s mental health, communication, mobility, and emotions. I had no idea the struggle my mom would go through in managing day to day life for him and our family.
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people with PD. When approximately 60 to 80 percent of the dopamine-producing cells in the brain are damaged, the cells do not produce enough dopamine and the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease appear. In the United States, 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who have Parkinson's disease. It is estimated that four to six million people around the world have Parkinson's.
Currently the prevailing medication to address Parkinson’s is Carbidopa /Levidopa or Sinemet. This drug was invented in 1967 and there are no other drugs that come close to its efficacy. I find it difficult to grasp that we are treating this disease with a drug that is 47 years old.
This May 3rd, my family and I are participating in Moving Day Minneapolis. Our team name is Team Quarberg. This is a fundraising 2.5 mile walk in support of those living with Parkinson’s disease. Money raised will continue to support education, outreach, respite and more through National Parkinson’s Foundation, Minnesota Chapter.
Please support me to honor my Dad, Marcus Quarberg. Use the following link http://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR/MovingDayEvent/NationalParkinsonFoundationMinnesotaChapter?px=1146857&pg=personal&fr_id=1671 to make your donation today.
Your generous donation will be forever appreciated!