Taking the PARK out of Parkinson’s

The Parkinson’s Society of Ottawa (at the time) wasn’t sure what to make of me when I stepped inside their office and stated, “I was just diagnosed and I think I can help!” Most times… when people are diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, it naturally takes time to digest and try to accept and then MAYBE, after a length of time, they venture to seek some advice, help, knowledge of what Parkinson’s will bring and walk in a Parkinson’s office and state, “I have been diagnosed and I need help.” This is what makes my story unique. I accepted my diagnosis immediately and acted on opportunities that helped me to move forward in a positive way. Essentially taking the park out of parkinson’s.

That was twelve years ago. I’m still involved. I’m still helping and I’m better because of it. Positive attitudes are contageous. By being involved with the Parkinson Research Consortium which hosts several events to raise awareness and funding for Parkinson’s in Ottawa, I have met the researchers, neurologists, and loads of people with Parkinson’s.

I definitely have my ups and downs with this disease, but by being actively involved I have gained friendships and respect for the specialists and it’s amazing how you can become inspired by the work that is being done to make the lives of people with Parkinson’s better ! In the following blogs I will explain my active participation which will hopefully inspire others to realize that you can live with Parkinson’s and move forward….instead of just parking!

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