San Jose, California
I noticed early symptoms, such as tremor in my hand and decreased arm swing. When I rode in a cycling race in September 2011, my left arm shook uncontrollably to the point I could no longer ride and had to quit the race. This began a two-month quest to find out what was going on. I visited a physical therapist to examine my gait, an orthopedic surgeon to see why my arm didn’t swing, and finally, a neurologist who instantly diagnosed me with Parkinson’s on December 6, 2011.
For me, living well means being physically, mentally, and emotionally engaged with my friends inside and outside the Parkinson’s community. In 2014, I rode my bike from Lisbon, Portugal, to Zurich, Switzerland. I have also participated in numerous research studies and routinely meet with the newly diagnosed and care partner communities in northern California.
Read Bart’s Moments of Victory® submission here.