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I am participating in Moving Day NC Triangle, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation.
As many of you know I was diagnosed with Parkinson's last November at age 54. It started when my son noticed my right arm was barely swinging. I did a google search and Parkinson's was the first thing that popped up for reduced arm swing. I noted that I had been having difficulty writing and within weeks I had developed a subtle tremor in my right leg accompanied by muscle tightness. Then the tremor expanded to my right arm. By the time I was diagnosed I knew I had Parkinsons, I was just waiting for the neurologists to get it right; several months later the third doctor did.
Just as with anything in life that throws you off...you have to pause and figure out how to proceed. Years of working as a hospice social worker had taught me that vulnerability, uncertainty, and that which is unwanted and unwelcome show us what we're made of. It was a blow for sure and I felt knocked down emotionally and physically, but what choice do I have but to Rise Up and do what I can! I will be participating in Moving Day to help raise funds and awareness for people living with Parkinson's Disease. The event will provide an opportunity to celebrate the importance of movement in our lives and will offer activities like yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, boxing, stretching and much more. Research shows that regular exercise correlates with improved quality of life for people with PD. I've been exercising like crazy!
The Parkinson's Foundation has been an invaluable resource and source of support for me. I cannot do this alone and I am grateful for all the ways that family and friends have shown up for me as I navigate life with Parkinson's. Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal to support the vital work of the Parkinson's Foundation.
Why Move for Moving Day?
Did you know that someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes in the United States? No one should have to face Parkinson’s alone. That is why the Parkinson's Foundation provides a community of support to give people the resources and help they need to live well with Parkinson’s.
Support our mission to help every person diagnosed with Parkinson's live their best possible life now. Your gift will help us fund better research, better treatment and better lives.