I am participating in Moving Day® NC Triangle, benefiting the Parkinson’s Foundation, on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. 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 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
Why are you volunteering to be a team captain? Because I can. If I did not, we would have lost the $5000 my supporters donated over the past two walks.
How long have you had Parkinson’s? I was diagnosed 21 years ago, but I probably had it before then.
Do you know what caused it? No, but I have some ideas. I was exposed to toxic chemicals over the years:
- agent orange during the build-up to the Vietnam war,
- what ever was buried under the ground at Rocky Mountain arsenal,
- working in office buildings that had previously been used to store chemicals
- watching a crop duster spray something badho
Did that make you angry? No, but it probably should have.
Do you have any words of wisdom for new ?PARKIES?
fitting diagnosed with Parkisons may seem like a death sentence. You may think: why me? It’s not fair. Stop whining and deal with it. That’s easier said than done. Here are some ideas.
- Don?t be ashamed of it and don?t hide it. You are still you.
- Build a support team from friends, neighbors, church members, co-workers, medical people and more.
- Find a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders. My first one didn?t. When he told me exercise would not help, I went shopping for movement disorder specialist and found one at Duke.
- Consider getting a second opinion. I went to the Mayo clinic for a week, took a bunch of tests, and had the diagnoses confirmed. While there, I saw a lot of people worse off than me.
- Learn about the disease by reading , going to symposium, support groups, etd
- more to come?
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