You don't realize what you have until it's gone. This sentiment has never meant more to me as it did when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. It comes on slowly. While you are walking you trip occasionally, you notice that small gestures are slower than they used to be and you're talking to people but you are not making facial expressions when you think you are. These things happened to me. I went to a neurologist and he explained to me what was going on. I had to accept that I had Parkinson's disease.
With Parkinson's disease you manage the symptoms. It is two steps forward and one step back every day. There is no cure! Drive Away Parkinson's Inc. has been established to raise money to help find a cure.
A candid look at Parkinson's Disease from my point of view. Included are highlights of my life before PD, how I accepted the diagnosis, my decision to have DBS Surgery and how Drive Away Parkinsons was founded.
To purchase the book through Amazon use this link My Journey
I was asked to participate in a podcast about Parkinsons Disease and the DBS surgery I had. I was honored to be asked so I did.
The podcast is part of a series called “This is Your Brain with Dr. Phil Stieg“. It is about how the brain affects your health and life. Dr. Phil Stieg is Neurosurgeon-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and founder and Chairman of the Weill Cornell “Medicine Brain and Spine Center.
The Parkinson's podcast is hosted by Dr. Phil Stieg and includes Dr. Michael Kaplitt, my neurosurgeon and myself. It is a 2 part series discussing Parkinsons and DBS surgery. We discuss how the symptoms of Parkinson's disease progress and can degrade your quality of life. In Part 2 we discussed my view of the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery I had in the Fall of 2019.
To listen to the podcasts click the links below.
Part 1 - Facing Parkinson's Disease
Part 2 - Fighting Parkinson's with DBS
The MJFF provides us with Monthly Research Updates. We list highlights on the PD Info page and a link to the Research News on the MJFF site.
Since the company was founded in 2016 we have raised and donated $56,000 to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Do You Know Someone who has Parkinson's Disease?
If so there is no cure for this disease. You have to manage the symptoms. Show your support in our mission to find a cure by making a Donation.
Thank you to everyone who generously donates to Drive Away Parkinsons for Parkinson's Research. We greatly appreciate your support.
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