Amy Montemarano

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 48. Through the strong medical and support networks for people with Parkinson’s in the Philadelphia area, I learned how to rely on exercise, stress management, and other wellness tools to help me live well.

To me, living well with Parkinson’s means not giving up my enjoyment of life and fully engaging with the world in a way that uses my own special purpose and energy to its highest potential. Finding purpose and meaning in my own life post-diagnosis led me to help people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers navigate employment, as well as find volunteer work or creative projects to discover their own personal adventures.

I love writing, traveling, lifelong learning, and listening to live music. Since my diagnosis, I have traveled to New Zealand, Europe, Canada, and other US states. When I’m not working, you can find me on a hike with my dog Dylan, meeting my husband in a café, and ending the day spending time with my two teenage daughters.

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