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Hi, my name is Arlene. I am a retired psychologist and librarian. I have been my husband's caregiver since 1997. In my spare time I enjoy going jogging, practicing yoga and spending time with friends. I've been able to help Dan adjust to life with Parkinson's disease. We believe every day is a learning process, and I hope to be able to share the knowledge I have with people in similar situations.
Hi, my name is Barb. My husband and I first noticed his symptoms of Parkinson’s disease during a trip to California in fall 2006, and he was officially diagnosed with the condition the following year. I was shocked by the diagnosis and it was difficult for me to watch him experience a roller coaster of symptoms. We worked with his doctor to develop a treatment plan for his motor fluctuations. My advice for other patients and caregivers is pretty simple: don’t get discouraged. I want to share our experiences with other patients and their carers.
Hi, my name is Bill. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007 after my golf game started to suffer and I was having difficulty typing. Throughout my years with the disease, I’ve connected with other patients, and I’m always happy to talk about my experiences. My wife and I are active in organizations in our community, and I still enjoy playing golf.
Hello, my name is Chip. My wife Jackie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992 when she was just 42 years old. We didn’t know much about Parkinson’s at the time, but we’ve spent many years learning as much as we can from our doctors and joining community support groups. We work hard to stay positive, and we hope to pass some of that positivity on to other patients and their caregivers.
Hello, my name is Conner. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010. In my free time I attend a local book club and enjoy going to the theater and spending time with my grandchildren. I also enjoy helping other Parkinson’s disease patients through local support groups.
Hi, my name is Connie. I’m a wife, mother, and former registered nurse. With my experience in the medical field, I was familiar with the Parkinson’s symptoms I was experiencing. As my symptoms progressed, I was formally diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1997 by a neurologist. Now that I’m retired, I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I hope to provide as much knowledge as possible to help other patients and caregivers who are involved with this disease.
Hi, my name is Dan. I am a former biologist and environmental consultant. I first noticed my symptoms in 1997, when a rolling tremor in my right arm made everyday activities more difficult. After getting three opinions, my diagnosis of Parkinson's disease was made official. Throughout the years that I have lived with this disease, I have used my strength and positivity to try to live my life as normally as possible. I enjoy reading, writing short stories, and exploring my ancestry.
Hi, my name is Dave. I am the husband and caregiver to my wife, Connie, who has been living with Parkinson’s disease since 1997. While Connie enjoys being independent in her care, I still assist with her morning routine and fulfill any of her needs that I can. Together we do our best to tackle the challenges of Parkinson’s disease. Luckily, we’re still able to participate in the activities we enjoy most – going on walks and tending to the garden. I hope to provide insight to other patients and caregivers through sharing my experience.
Hi, my name is Deb. I am a part-time registered nurse and full-time carer of my husband. When he was diagnosed in 2004, I worried about what was going to happen to him. It’s been very difficult to see the progression, but no matter what, we stick together. I hope that by sharing my experience I can help other carers who are struggling with the diagnosis like I was and be a support system for them. I spend my time traveling, antiquing, and playing cards with my husband.
Hello, my name is Debra, and I am from Wisconsin. I first experienced symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in my early 30s. I worked in a cafeteria and I noticed shakiness in my hands which caused me to drop dishes. I had trouble finding a doctor who was familiar with the disease in my area, so it took me over a year to get an official diagnosis. I look forward to being able to help other Parkinson’s disease patients and their carers.
Hi, my name is Diana. When my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease I did not know what to expect. It was hard to see him get so frustrated with his body and our days were increasingly hard to plan. I was happy to support him whenever he needed me but learned that I needed to take care of myself as well. While we have faced many challenges, his diagnosis brought us closer together. I hope to help other carers by sharing my knowledge with them.
Hi, my name is Dianne. I enjoy books and movies. I first started experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease after a motorcycle accident in 1998, but I thought the lack of mobility and tremors in my arm were a result of the accident. My symptoms continued to progress until I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010. I worked with my doctor to develop a treatment plan for my motor fluctuations. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with Parkinson’s disease to help other patients and caregivers.
Hello, my name is Don, and I am a caregiver to my wife. My wife’s early onset of Parkinson’s disease symptoms started us on a long and trying path of obtaining an official diagnosis. Our persistence has helped us make informed decisions and motivated us to share our experience to help educate others.
Hello, my name is Don. I am a carer to my wife who has lived with Parkinson’s disease since 1997. Both my wife and I enjoy traveling and spending time with our children and grandchildren. We have learned a great deal and feel fortunate for the opportunity to help others.
Hello, my name is Ellen. I have been an emergency room nurse for many years. My husband, John, has Parkinson's Disease and I have been caring for him ever since he was first diagnosed in 2002. Although John is extremely independent, my role as a caregiver mostly comes in maintaining the positive attitude we both find to be so important. Thankfully we are still able to enjoy the activities we have always enjoyed, such as going on hikes and traveling. I hope to encourage others to maintain positivity along the way.
Hello, my name is Frankie. I am a retired high school business teacher. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 after noticing that my movements were becoming slower and that my handwriting was becoming harder and harder to read. Even though I've had to give up some of the things I used to do, I am still able to enjoy hobbies like reading, playing cards with my sister, attending auctions, and spending time outdoors.
Hi, my name is George and I am a former fireman and EMT. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006. As my symptoms progressed, I tried several treatment options with the support of my wife, and I worked with my doctor to develop a treatment plan for my motor fluctuations. We enjoy being active in our community and sharing our story with others.
Hello, my name is George. I was diagnosed in 2002 after I noticed a tremor in my hand and difference in my swing during a golf game. Before my symptoms progressed, I worked as a psychologist. But eventually, my energy for travel and interacting with patients diminished, which forced me to stop working and playing golf. My wife and I enjoy spending time together and I have recently begun to play chess and bridge.
Hello, my name is Glenda. I am a retired nurse and a carer for my husband who was diagnosed in 2002 with Parkinson’s disease. My main responsibilities now include helping him maintain a healthier lifestyle and reminding him to take his medications. While we are not able to enjoy many of the hobbies we did before his diagnosis, we are encouraged by the support we have around us.
Hello, my name is Helyn, and I am from Illinois. In 2006 I started to have visible symptoms of tremors which alarmed me and my loved ones. I brushed off the symptoms until I realized my tremors had become so severe that they were hard to ignore. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014 by my neurologist. I’ve realized the importance of having hope and being positive. I still enjoy the hobbies I always have done like crafting, baking and reading.
Hi, I’m Jackie. I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992 after a friend noticed my arm wasn’t swinging properly. I didn’t know much about the condition at the time, but I became very involved in my local Parkinson’s community and a variety of support groups. After several years, I found that I was taking a handful of medications to control my symptoms, so I talked to my doctor about other options. I hope that my story can help other patients and caregivers navigate their own journey with Parkinson’s disease.