I was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s (YOPD) at age 43. At the time, I was married and raising three girls who were in elementary school. There was no question that I would do everything in my power to continue living life to its fullest.
I was initially drawn to holistic approaches to healing and keeping my symptoms at bay. I tried everything from nutrition to acupuncture, sacral-cranial therapy, breathing techniques, meditation, and neurological-based physical therapy. Daily exercise and social connections are critical to helping me stay positive. I also think that having younger children at the time of my diagnosis and as my symptoms have progressed, has had the added benefit of pushing me outside my comfort zone and keeping me motivated in those harder moments.
For me, living well with Parkinson’s means something different every day, but it primarily means engaging in life and, whenever possible, finding ways to thrive no matter what Parkinson’s throws at me!
When I’m not learning about Parkinson’s, you’ll find me spending time with my family and staying active. I was an avid runner and fitness enthusiast prior to my diagnosis, and I know being active every day is what keeps my symptoms in check.