Parkinson’s Disease became very real to my family in the mid-90’s when my dad was diagnosed with PD. In 1997, my family was in a tragic car accident and my dad sustained significant head injuries and was in a coma for two weeks. During that time, he suffered a stroke. The hell was just beginning as the head injury and stroke accelerated my father’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. His symptoms worsened much quicker because he was so beaten up from the accident. His quality of life was never the same.
Parkinson’s disease is an ugly disease. I saw first hand how my father lost the ability to do day-t0-day activities. As his symptoms worsened, his falls increased causing him to be hospitalized. I know that my father’s Parkinson’s was unique due to the accident, however, I witnessed first hand, how Parkinson’s affects the person with the disease as well as their family and primary care givers.
This is my second year participating with the Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Walk/DC. I’m walking in memory of my dad and in honor of my dear friend, Anna Grill who was diagnosed in her late thirties with early onset Parkinson’s.
Please consider supporting me and our team, The Power Possee as we pound the pavement on Saturday, June 1 in Washington, DC. Thank you for your support. Your generous donation will make life better for people with PD and your gift will help improve care and research toward a cure.