It took a long time for my doctors to conclude that I had Parkinson’s. However, after four years of my symptoms worsening and feeling like I was dying, I was finally told I had young-onset Parkinson’s (YOPD). I was happy to put a name to what I was experiencing, but it was scary too. Fortunately, the support of my family and friends along this journey has been incredible. They help me make the best of each day I’m given, and in return, I want to do the same for others, which is why I became an Ambassador. Sometimes people just need to be heard and to feel like they aren’t alone, and I love being there for them because I know how much that has meant to me.
When I’m not meeting up in person or on the phone with others living with Parkinson’s, I’m likely spending time with my family and/or singing – at home, in the car, at church, everywhere! Music is a big part of my life and getting treatment for my Parkinson’s (and my soft voice) has reminded me how much I missed it.