I am participating in Moving Day® Dayton, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation.
The event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities like yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, boxing, 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.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson's Foundation.
Why Move for Moving Day?
Did you know that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes in the United States? No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. That is why the Parkinson's Foundation provides a community of support to give people the resources and help they need to live well with Parkinson’s.
My Parkinson’s journal began in the fall of 2015 with an unassuming tremor in one finger. I chalked it up to stress and working too much. It wasn’t too long before the tremor intensity and frequency increased, moved into both hands and my chin. I was experiencing other symptoms but did not make the connection. My depth perception and balance were off, making it difficult to go down steps and my sense of smell was gradually fading. Running was no longer enjoyable, it was clumsy.
After Several doctor appointments, MRI, and bloodwork, I was referred to the neurologist on June of 2016. I was 49 years old at the time. I went by myself, expecting it to be nothing and I certainly did not want anyone to worry or take off work unnecessarily. I remember very little from the appointment with the exception of this statement “You have Parkinson’s Disease-take this pill. See you in 6 months”. < mic drop and exit room>
Being told I had Parkinson’s disease was incredibly difficult but paled in comparison to seeing the heartbreak in the eyes of friends and family when I shared the news.
There is nothing I enjoy more than learning something new. I’m zealous in my quest , reading books, researching online, joining online forums about whatever it is that has caught my attention; gardening, dogs, raising children, running, dieting, kombutcha, and bullet journaling to name a few. Family and friends will testify to the random conversations they have endured over the years.
Parkinson’s disease became my latest and greatest project. As we all know, the internet can be fodder to a full blown pity party or a place for support, encouragement and inspiration. Parkinson’s disease has challenged me to live my best life, have fun and be joyful. I gravitated toward the positive and built my care team with likeminded people. I win against Parkinson’s every time I put what I have learned into action.
Join my team and help me make Parkinson’s Disease a distant memory.
Support our mission to help every person diagnosed with Parkinson's live their best possible life now. Your gift will help us fund better research, better treatment and better lives.