Danna was told she had Parkinson’s by a general neurologist in November 2019 at the age of 48. Her diagnosis was made in less than 10 minutes, after she had been told for years that her symptoms were due to stress, aging, menopause, low thyroid, and low iron levels. The neurologist handed Danna a prescription and told her to come back in three months. After doing her own research, Danna sought the support of a movement disorder specialist. Unfortunately, after meeting with her MDS, she was told that she most likely had “drug-induced Parkinsonism.” After this conflicting diagnoses, Danna stopped her medication and hoped for the best.
In the summer of 2020, Danna’s symptoms became increasingly worse. After extensive testing, she was put on carbidopa/levodopa and responded immediately. After several months of monitoring, she was told once again that she had Parkinson’s. After a scary, frustrating, and exhausting process, Danna learned how to really be her own advocate.
Today, Danna begins every day with a positive outlook on life. Before her feet hit the floor, she tells herself it is up to her to make it a good day. Her priority being her two teenagers, she spends time watching them grow, learn, and experience life. Danna also prioritizes exercise every day, whether it be a hardcore workout at the gym, a yoga class, a long hike, or just a stroll around the neighborhood.
Danna is excited to be a part of the Foundation and wants to help others who are in the beginning of their journey understand that living with Parkinson’s doesn’t mean your life is over. In fact, it can be a new beginning!