Eric Rappaport

Cary, North Carolina

I received my Parkinson’s diagnosis after working for 30 years as an OB/GYN and becoming a senior physician for my group. In 2007, after one of the operating room nurses at my work noticed a tremor, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and sought support from a psychologist, who helped me cope with the diagnosis. Although I made tremendous progress, I was ultimately wrongfully terminated from my position due to my Parkinson’s. This taught me one of the biggest lessons on this journey: when life is going one way and shifts unexpectedly, you can persevere by changing your perspective.

Fifteen years later (and now retired), I feel almost as healthy as I did when I first received my diagnosis. Finding support through Rock Steady Boxing has been a huge factor in living well with Parkinson’s, and connecting with newly diagnosed individuals has provided much meaning for me. As an Ambassador, I want to increase the awareness of Parkinson’s and how to live well with it by modifying your lifestyle. You can live with this condition; it just takes a little imagination and courage to try new things.

On a perfect day, you’ll find me cooking with my wife, exercising, or going to the community theater to enjoy the newest performance!

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