Amy Carlson

Monrovia, California

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

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

Amy’s goal as an Ambassador is to help others learn about how to live well. She sees so many people with Parkinson’s who are alone, confused, and frightened or have run out of hope. Amy wants to be that voice in the darkness that provides direction. Amy would like to pay it forward because so many people have helped her on her journey.

Read Amy’s Moments of Victory® submission here.

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