Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2008 at the age of 48. Hearing the words, you have Parkinson’s, Tom recounted, “My first thought was – how long do I have to live? But then I remembered people that have had Parkinson’s for years.” He quickly realized he knew very little about Parkinson’s but enough to know that his life would be changing. “Parkinson’s certainly has its challenges,” says Tom, “but you can live well and live well for a long time.”
Recently retired, Tom has been actively engaged in the global Parkinson’s community, serving on the board of directors for a national Parkinson’s foundation and patient advisory council, while remaining actively involved with public policy and disease legislation. Locally, he leads his Pedaling for Parkinson’s indoor cycling class three days a week, and you can also catch him speaking to support groups. “Being active and engaged is key,” says Tom. “With Parkinson’s, you can’t simply rely on the medication. Exercise, positive attitude, and being active in the community all contribute to help you live well.” As an ambassador, he hopes to help others understand how they can also live well.
Read Tom’s Moments of Victory® submission here.