I was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s in April 2008 and became an advocate in December 2014. I joined several support groups online and met some wonderful people who referred me to the Parkinson’s Action Network, where I learned early on that diet and exercise were important to keep in check to treat my symptoms. Getting to know an Ambassador at the Parkinson’s Policy Forum while advocating for Parkinson’s led me to apply to be an Ambassador. I hope to reach more people looking for resources that will allow them to live well with Parkinson’s and provide support to those who care for people with Parkinson’s because, without our care partners, we would be in trouble.
Living well to me means maintaining a positive attitude and sense of humor. Setting goals daily helps me push myself on more difficult days. Making sure to celebrate and acknowledge myself for meeting each goal helps me live well today.