Sometimes life-changing events start off very small. For me, it was a barely noticeable twitch in my little finger in March 2015. Six months later, when the twitch was more persistent, I mentioned it to my doctor, and, in May 2016, a movement disorders specialist in Seattle diagnosed me with Parkinson’s. In shock and overwhelmed by the diagnosis, I felt all of my dreams and hopes begin to fade.
My first step toward a more positive path came when a friend received the same life-changing news, igniting our desire to do something positive in the face of our diagnosis. Bringing Rock Steady Boxing to Juneau was just the start for me in connecting and inspiring others within my community to live well with Parkinson’s. After attending The Victory Summit® event in 2018 and connecting with Ambassador Patti Burnett, I decided I wanted to inform and inspire others in the same way that I had been inspired by the Foundation. Today, I enjoy life and love to share that joy with others. No act of kindness is ever wasted.