Amy Carlson

Monrovia, California

On an ordinary Thursday in November 2011, the ring finger on my left hand began to vibrate. By February 2012, the vibration was clearly visible, incorporated much of my left arm, and I was experiencing constant pain in my left shoulder. Later that year, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s has changed my life but perhaps not in the way that most people would expect. I have come to believe that, in its own way, Parkinson’s has saved my life, changing me in ways that I would have never expected. My life has become slower, more deliberate, and more immediate. I find joy in simple experiences and believe that everyone has their unique journey in life. The challenge is to find meaning in this life.

My goal as an Ambassador is to help others learn how to live well. I see so many people with Parkinson’s who are alone, confused, and frightened or have run out of hope. I want to be that voice in the darkness that provides direction and to pay it forward because so many people have helped me on my journey.

Read Amy’s Moments of Victory® submission here.

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