I was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2015, but, like many others, I had been experiencing symptoms prior to that date. When my primary care physician sent me to a neurosurgeon, I learned that I needed discectomies in three sections of my lower back. Not healing as well as my doctors would have liked, I was referred to a movement disorder specialist with the indication of Parkinson’s. I’ve been with this specialist ever since.
I had been working two full-time jobs in 2019 until the stress of managing that workload started to interfere with my Parkinson’s symptoms. I ultimately resigned from those two positions to focus on my health and undergo deep brain stimulation in January 2020.
I am excited to be an Ambassador because it takes my volunteer role as president of Maine Parkinson’s Society to the next level, making that role more impactful and allowing me to engage with more people on a personal level.