“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Maya Angelou
A year ago this week I got the good/bad news from my Neurologist. The ‘good’ news was that we can deal/treat/manage my current symptoms. The ‘bad’ news was that I had Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.
The goals of this blog are as follows:
(1) Educate by presenting and defining PD. As a medical educator, I will try my best to properly describe PD.
(2) Highlight recent scientific advances in PD research. As a biomedical researcher, I can hopefully explain these findings to the ‘non-science’ public.
(3) Describe new medical advances, clinical trials, and novel strategies [both traditional and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches] for dealing with PD. Again emphasizing the science link because I’m a scientist not a physician.
(4) Present the details of my PD and the strategy being used in an attempt to slow PD progression. And as a support mechanism for those with PD.
In closing this opening blog, I am trying to live life well and authentically, and not be defined by my PD. With the help of family, friends, colleagues, and personal physicians, my goals are to stay positive and strive to keep focused on what matters the most…I am still here!