Around 2010, a tremulous thumb became a tremulous hand, and, after many inconclusive movement disorder visits, Wendy was ultimately diagnosed with Parkinson’s. In shock of the news, Wendy became isolated, depressed, anxious, and ashamed. The two years following her diagnosis proved very difficult as she adjusted to her new reality. After reaching her lowest, a visit to the Mayo Clinic gave Wendy the help she needed through their patient-centered teamwork. Re-energized with the right empathy and medication, Wendy struck out to live well with Parkinson’s.
Wendy finds that the intention to live well with Parkinson’s is very prevalent with her tribe in Bellingham, Washington, and all the community is cheering them on. Through her deep admiration for the Foundation’s goals and values, and her personal desire to help others see the world through the lens of potential, becoming an Ambassador was Wendy’s next step in living well.
On a perfect day, you can find Wendy conversing and laughing with those she loves most. Caring deeply about fairness and compassion, Wendy is passionate about helping others live as fully as possible with the vicissitudes of Parkinson’s and bringing them what they need to succeed.
Ask Wendy about:
- Mental Health and Support Networks
- Learning to Say “Yes” and Sometimes “No, Thanks” — and to Ask for Help