Lake Quivira, Kansas
Stuart was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2019. Stuart, a physician, and his wife, a nurse practitioner, had both become aware of the symptoms for several years before his diagnosis. Like many others, Stuart had a great deal of denial that prevented him from seeking help. Eventually, his wife was able to convince him to seek out a medical opinion by appealing to his attachment to his five-year-old granddaughter.
A great source of strength and support for Stuart since his diagnosis has been his workout group at a local gym, led by trainers who understand Parkinson’s and design workouts accordingly. His fellow group members are always supportive and understanding of one another. And the exercise itself brings long- and short-term satisfaction: knowing its positive impact while making Stuart feel good today.
Living well with Parkinson’s to Stuart means enjoying the pleasures that life has to offer, including the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, spending time with his grandchildren, and planning his next great road trip. After a long and happy career as a psychiatrist who has been heavily involved with the education of the next generation of physicians, Stuart is excited to help others who find themselves in a similar situation find the resources they need to live well.