In 2011 during my morning jog, I noticed a tremor in my right hand. Not thinking anything of it, I didn’t get serious about seeking treatment until my sisters, who were nurses, insisted that I talk to a doctor. In late summer 2013, my family doctor prescribed a light dosage of Sinemet and gave me a referral to a neurologist. After upping my medication, adding another to my treatment, and finding they worked, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Attending The Victory Summit® event in Salt Lake City got me interested in learning more. Participating in support groups and finding more information on how to live well with Parkinson’s was how I became involved with reorganizing our local support group. Following the Power for Parkinson’s programming model, my group now meets monthly, brings in speakers, provides three different weekly exercise classes, and offers a monthly luncheon with an activity to our community.
Living well for me means having the capability to participate in regular activities without being limited by Parkinson’s. Participating in activities, such as singing, bowling with my wife, and volunteering at my church, helps me live well today.