In August of 2008 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After 2 years of feeling sorry for myself I found a study where people with PD that are forced exercise on a stationary bike or treadmill reduced their symptoms by 35%. So I started peddling and worked my way up to 24 miles in 70 minutes. I average 20 to 25 days a month and last year I did just shy of 4,600 miles. It works, as my specialist says he sees no one that is as committed as I am. I will never give in to this disease and as it progresses I will work harder. Parkinson’s had no idea who it was dealing with when it picked me. I have all the intentions to see all 3 of my boys get married and if I have any grandchildren I intend to watch them grow up and play baseball or whatever with them. Don’t get me wrong this is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I had to quit working six years ago and it has changed my life dramatically and I wouldn’t be where I am today without my Family, Faith, Friends, and my doctor. So I say to PARKINSON’S BRING IT ON, I AM A FIGHTER NOT A QUITTER. I AM READY FOR ANYTHING YOU CAN THROW AT ME.

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