Neal’s journey with Parkinson’s has been a relatively short one. Although seeing a neurologist for another issue, it wasn’t until he was referred to a movement disorder clinic in the summer of 2018 that he was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Disappointed with the lack of activities and opportunities within his community, Neal began improving the offerings and events for his support group and its members. They now have yoga, boxing, art workshops, and monthly social activities for people to engage in. Since his diagnosis, Neal has also become a board member of an organization called “The Unsteady Hand,” which offers art workshops for people with Parkinson’s.
Neal has not let Parkinson’s take control of his life, rather he is challenging it. He continues to ride his bike and go to the gym, and has even taken on a new activity, teaching himself to play the piano. While still experience setbacks from time to time, Neal keeps moving forward. Turning the obstacles created by Parkinson’s into an opportunity to help others is how Neal lives well today.
Ask Neal about:
- Anything! (If he doesn’t know the answer, you can both learn as he researches an answer and gets back to you.)
- Exercise and Parkinson’s
- Organizing Your Support Group