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PD Runs in the Family

PD Runs in the Family

Larry Schneider Jr.
Gibbsboro, NJ

I have had PD since I was 27 but I was not properly diagnosed until I was 33. Within that six year period, I witnessed the deterioration of the dexterity in my left hand as I slowly used it less and less.

The year that I was diagnosed, my great aunt on my father’s side, her brother (my grandfather) and my uncle on my mother’s side all were given the same diagnosis so, it was apparent that there was some sort of common genetic traits that were passed along.

I’m currently doing rather well since having DBS surgery in 2006. It took some time to properly adjust the device but now that everything seems to have leveled out I can enjoy life a bit more. I’m a husband and a father of two … with one on the way so, activity is a must!

I’d like to be a part of a network or at least contribute to one that connects the YOPD community as it is difficult attending group meetings when you really cannot relate to anyone because you are so young. I do however try to participate in every PD related event that I can get to whether it be a walk like the Unity Walk through Central Park or the 23andMe genome study.
 

To help myself stay positive I try not to focus all my attention into one thing at a time. I know that seems like a very poor way to manage but what I mean is, if I start a crossword puzzle or start listening to an audio book by say, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I don’t worry if I don’t finish it. Just as I have started and stopped typing this little, 300 some odd word document about my life with Parkinson’s, I don’t stress myself out if I don’t finish something that is lengthy or requires a bit of time to complete. Now if I start something like setting the table for dinner or unloading the dishwasher, then I more than likely to finish what I started, lest I upset my wife. ;)

I quote Aristotle,

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”


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