Tucumcari, New Mexico
I was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018 after more than a decade of fairly mild symptoms. Unfortunately, by 2018 my Parkinson’s was getting markedly and quickly worse. On the bright side, however, I lived in Tucson, AZ, which is home to world-class treatment for people with Parkinson’s. Over the past few years, I have learned much about Parkinson’s and living a fruitful life, and while my symptoms continue and my Parkinson’s is progressing, I have been able to return to my fruitful and purpose-driven work as President of Mesalands College in Tucumcari, NM.
Living well with Parkinson’s means continuing to work, building my career, spending time with my family and friends, and adapting to whatever challenges come my way. Living well is a journey. It requires that we acknowledge that we have Parkinson’s without letting it have us. This belief is why I decided to become an Ambassador for the Foundation. I want to model living well for others and to show, motivate, and encourage others to do the same. When I’m not working, you will likely find me spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren. I also love learning, encouraging others to learn and build fulfilling lives, and giving back to my community.