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Nalini’s Story

My main reason for doing the walk sponsored by the National Parkinson’s Foundation is to beat this disease and to help others like me. The money raised from the walk will go to benefit research and organizations that have something positive to offer from their research funding – either new medicines or new exercise regimens.

I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 summer. I was in so much shock and my neurologist confirmed my worst fears. I had a tremor in my left hand which was the only symptom I had at that point in time. The doctor put me on a really low dose of Amantadine and Mirapex so life was pretty good. My husband and I and our two grown children had somehow accepted the fact that I had Parkinson’s. At this stage, I was active and able to do all my daily chores at home and cook for the family. Unfortunately, in the Fall of 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was stage two cancer in the right breast. The oncologist said that he had to first shrink the tumor, because it was so large, with chemotherapy.  After that, he said I would have to have surgery to remove the lump, followed by radiation, to be sure that cancer was completely eradicated.

Even in hard times, God has a way of giving hope and lifting your spirits. In my case, the prognosis for the cancer was very good and to top it off, the lymph nodes were negative – I couldn’t have asked for more.

 

As I was undergoing radiation and almost coming to the end of the session, my friends and family mentioned that I was leaning to one side too much and was also falling down more than normal.  When we went to see Dr. Bowman, he immediately put me on Carbidopa-Levodopa.  There was no question in his mind that the Parkinson’s had progressed and that it was not what some people had us believe-that this was somehow caused by my bout with breast cancer.  So bad news again.  Humans have so much resilience in them that it absolutely amazes me.  All of us somehow accept the things we cannot change and some have the wisdom and will to change the things we can.  At this point, the neurologist also said the DBS brain surgery was the only option.  I met with the surgeon feeling a little nervous that I was a little weak and I was not sure I could withstand the surgery.  But the surgeon assured me that I would do fine.  The DBS was successful.  After a couple of months of full recovery, people started complimenting me saying that I looked so much better and healthy.  They would also say that I stayed sharp and on top of things.  In the last checkup with my neurologist, he said that I looked much better than at the last visit.   My goal is to maintain this level of activity and stay positive!  I am so thankful for all of my family and friends that have supported me and want to show them that I can fight!

In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease (PD) are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD.

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Join our team for the local National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Moving Day® walk, the first nationwide grassroots campaign that spotlights the disease on a national level and gives the chance to raise awareness and funds in our own community. Your support will help NPF continue improving the quality of care for those living with Parkinson’s disease.

 

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– To donate or visit a team members personal page please click on their name under the Team Roster.

 

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