Lori Ann's Personal Page
Hello Friends and Family!
In honor of my awesome husband, I am participating in Moving Day Chicago, benefiting the Parkinson's Foundation Chicago, on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Todd was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's disease about seven years ago. Currently, he is feeling pretty good and doing well. He stretches multiple times a day, and exercises several times a week. There is no way to stop the symptoms of PD, but exercising regularly can delay many symptoms.
Todd works hard and makes me proud! He is an excellent role model for our children Griffin, Annika, and Corrine. Griffin just turned five and is very active. Annika keeps us on our toes! She is a active and chatty three year old with very strong opinions. Baby Corrine is wonderful… and exhausting. She always wants to be where the action is and she loves climbing. Chairs, tables, boxes, you name it, she will try to climb on it.
Todd is nervous about how Parkinson’s Disease will impact his ability to care for our children, especially since PD affects his right arm and hand. But, he seems to be doing extreamly well to me!
It is pretty amazing to see what an awesome dad Todd has become. I’m not going to lie, things have been pretty nutty with our family the past two years: both wonderful (arrival of Corrine, new house, new job for Todd) and terrible (death of my mom, raising three small children during a pandemic). Despite the lack of sleep, endless piles of laundry and work to be done, and the consistency of a child (or two or three) who want to be held or played with or fed, Todd still makes time to stretch and exercise while working many, many hours. We are so thankful he takes care of himself while taking care of all of us!
This year the walk is on Saturday October 24th, starting at 10:30. It is still in process as to what the walk will look like this year. There will be a program beforehand you can watch via Zoom. And then for the walk you can either walk around your own neighborhoods, or you can join the Greidanus-Johnson family to walk around ours. More details to come. You should totally join us!
Todd, Griffin, Annika, Corrine, and I all benefit from the work of the Parkinson Foundation. We really appreciate any support, especially by walking with us, making a donation, and keeping us and all PD patients in your prayers.
Love, Lori Ann