Joe Narciso

New Providence, New Jersey

I was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s in 2003 at age 34, but my wife (and high-school sweetheart) started seeing symptoms as early as 1994 when I was only 26. Together we have three daughters and a one-year-old granddaughter.

I made my living as an actor on shows such as Law & Order, The Sopranos, Monk, and more, but I was primarily a voice actor. I thought that as long as I could speak English, I’d be able to make a living doing voiceovers despite my diagnosis. Unfortunately, that plan fell apart when my voice became compromised by Parkinson’s, and I had to go on disability.

The hardest part about having to go on disability was telling my daughters that I had Parkinson’s and I wouldn’t be working anymore. My then 8-year-old asked, “Daddy, am I going to have to get a job to help pay the bills?” I was heartbroken.

I’ve had many high highs and low lows on this road with Parkinson’s (let’s talk about DBS!), but now I love being an Ambassador for the Foundation and connecting with others on a similar path to provide encouragement and hope. It is possible to live well with Parkinson’s!

In my free time, you’ll find me helping make short films for my church, taking long walks, and spending time with my family and friends. I also love writing, playing the occasional round of golf, and watching the Mets. #LGM

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