In April 2017, I never imagined a trip to the doctor for an odd feeling in my arm would end with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s. However, from that day on, with the help of my supportive husband, a remarkable movement disorder specialist, and some internet exploring, I have built an all-encompassing care program focused on healthy living: lots of exercise, yoga, friends, diet, and sleep.
For me, living well with Parkinson’s means continuing to try to do everything with enthusiasm and optimism. It’s hard to have Parkinson’s. You don’t choose to, but you can choose how to have it. Through the Davis Phinney Foundation, I discovered the value of committing to living well each day and looking for victories each day. I now accept Parkinson’s as something I have while staying busy living life to the fullest.
I became an Ambassador to pay back the support I have received in all aspects of my life. I stay excited by the opportunity to expand my Parkinson’s community with this role and the opportunity to encourage people with Parkinson’s that they can do “it,” no matter what “it” is.