El Mirage, Arizona
I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015 at age 29. I went to a neurologist after I mentioned to a primary care doctor that I had tremors in my hands and stiffness in my legs. In the back of my mind, I was worried that it might be Parkinson’s because I have eight family members (all from my paternal side) with Parkinson’s. After I received my diagnosis, I cried and felt sorry for myself for a few weeks. After that, I sought resources to help me live better. I found the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center, and they were incredibly helpful in giving me a community/family and all the support I needed at that time.
I now focus on living my best life, regardless of Parkinson’s. I love to help other people who might be at a loss after diagnosis. I also have a special place in my heart for helping my Hispanic Parkinson’s Community.
When I’m not working in the Parkinson’s community, you’ll find me spending time with family and friends, taking care of our environment and all of the animals, cooking vegan foods and trying new vegan restaurants with my husband, and playing with my four-legged child.