Hello Friends and Family!
In honor of my awesome husband, I am participating in the Moving Day Chicago walk to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation. Todd was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease about five years ago. Currently, he is feeling good and doing well. He stretches multiple times a day, and exercises several times a week. There is no way to stop the symptoms of PD, but exercising regularly can delay many symptoms.
Todd works hard and makes me proud! He is an excellent role-model for our children Annika and Griffin. Griffin is now almost two and is very active. Annika was born in late May; she is growing and happy, but unfortunately, still is learning the difference between night and day.
Todd continues to be nervous about how PD impacts his ability to care for our children, especially since Parkinson’s affects his right arm and hand. Todd has discovered comfortable ways to hold and care for both children. We are changing a lot of diapers these days, and Todd never shies away. It is pretty great to see what an awesome dad Todd has become. I’m not going to lie, things have been pretty nutty in our household since the arrival of Annika. Despite the lack of sleep, endless piles of laundry, and the consistency of a child (or two) who want to be held or played with or fed, Todd still makes time to stretch and exercise while working full time with a traffic-filled commute. We are so thankful he takes care of himself while taking care of all of us!
This year, we will be pushing two strollers filled with Todd’s biggest fans along the Moving Day route. Well… we may bring our double stroller, if we can figure out how to load it in our car.
The NPF Moving Day walk will take place at the Grove II at Lincoln Park on Sunday, October 15th, 2017. It’s a nice walk along the lake. You should totally join us!
Todd, Griffin, Annika, and I all benefit from the work of the National Parkinson Foundation. We really appreciate any support, especially by walking with us, making a donation, and keeping us and all PD patients in your prayers.
Love, Lori Ann
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