Kate Hauck

Bath, Pennsylvania

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in May 2018 and have since invested as much time and effort as possible in learning all I can about it. Having a bachelor’s and master’s in nursing has proven useful while browsing Parkinson’s research reports, and my educational background has given me a unique perspective on my diagnosis and living well with Parkinson’s. After retiring a year and a half after my diagnosis, I realized that my experiences might allow me to become an effective advocate, inspiration, and resource for other individuals living with Parkinson’s.

For me, living well with Parkinson’s means living well in the present moment, despite whatever challenges or curve balls life might put in my path. While I still have down days, I try to be as present as possible. My retirement motto is “live by example.”

I practice a dual approach to living with my Parkinson’s. A mixture of acceptance and pushing the envelope helps me listen to my body’s needs while trying new activities, endeavors, and challenging experiences. For example, in June 2019, I hiked 80+ miles on the El Camino trail in Portugal and Spain, a life-changing experience that taught me that barriers are often fluid or elastic. I hope to undertake similar excursions soon.

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