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My PD Story

We hope you find these PD stories inspiring and helpful as you navigate your own path living with this disease.

Read the below stories for inspiration and hope. You can also share with us how your life has been affected by Parkinson's (as someone with the disease, a caregiver or family member). Tell us what challenges you have overcome and what keeps you happy, healthy and hopeful. What can you share with others that will help them keep moving forward? Feel free to include a quotation that you find inspiring.

Geraldine Hayes

My PD story is of my wonderful mother, Geraldine Hayes, who sadly passed on...

Emilia Rodriguez

My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2004. At first, none of my family...

Supereena Kapoor

The best way I can give back is to educate people about this disease. If people knew...

T. Snoeyenbos

Theresa Snoeyenbos, 50, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when she was 32...

Pat Murney

Three days a week, Pat Murney dons a pair of yoga pants and a t-shirt and heads to a movement...

Rosie Roessler

"There are moments which mark your life...when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is...

Larry Kahn

Vigorous exercise has most definitely improved my gait and given me an overall feeling of taking back...

Beth Bjerke

The Grand Canyon gave me a reason to get up and get going every day, and not give in to apathy...

Marty Ardman

It was as though I was helpless, powerless to stop the disease that was affecting someone...

Angie Hott

After her husband Dan was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson's disease six years ago, at the...

Kay Mixson Jenkins

Now I can cut my own food, dress myself and dance with my husband. I have a future to look forward...

Althea Silver

Moving Day® is a vehicle to make a huge impact. It focuses on what people can do, celebrates...

Karen Anderson

When Karen Anderson's husband, Roger, went into the hospital to undergo surgery for a herniated...

Betty Weeden

For decades, Betty and Rick did more than just "deal" with Parkinson's; they carved out a full life...

Wendell Cook

I want to tell everyone that it is possible to fight this disease, smile at yourself and hold off the inevitable...

A. Smith-Conway

By being active and raising awareness, we can offer more resources and learn more about the disease...

Michele Holderby

I noticed a slight, persistent tremor in my right hand. Being a medical professional I...

Dan Crace

It was 15 years ago when our family doctor told us that my wife Jeanne was showing signs and...

Todd Bischoff

I felt like someone had reached into my chest and squeezed all the air out of my lungs...

Ken Nguyen

I have a brother-in-law who never wants to go back either, but he has his reasons, he fought in...

Frankie Miller

My first thought is my grandfather Frank who I am named after, he was diagnosed...

P. Wigglesworth

My mother was my hero in so many ways! She accepted and dealt with Parkinson's disease...

Hero Teo

I bounced back after discovering a secret recipe for fighting Parkinson's, which consisted of...

Sam Hecht

I was 66 when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. However, looking back I had...

Cherrie Zaun

It's been nearly two years, but it feels like yesterday when the doctor told me I have Parkinson's...

Bonnie Varian

Insecurity, reluctance and a need for education felt like a whirlwind of uncertainty at the beginning of...

Kelly Maurer

I am here to tell you, it's ok, you don't need to surrender to this sly disease that sneaks up...

Eleanor Keiper

My limits are my own. Even with my "resident taskmaster", PD, I have some say in how...

Randy McCoy

It was after noticing a slight tremor in my left hand that I decided to go to the doctor. This doctor was a...

John Baumann

Muhammad Ali, Pope John Paul II, John Baumann, Michael J. Fox. Wait a second- what do...

Lizbeth Muller

My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's close to his 80th birthday. It was a shock to my family...

Linda Giorgilli Rice

Dear Parkinson's Disease: Please be kind to my family and me. We did not really extend an invitation...

Greg Layer

I was asked to tell the story of how I overcame adversity. You see, I was diagnosed with...

Monica McIntyre

It's very much like people who stutter and can't talk fluidly, but they can sing. How can that be?...

Allison Kallevig

I ran 40 miles on my 40th birthday to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's...

David Schneider

I was 46 years old when diagnosed with PD in 1996 and have since been tenuously hanging...

Javier Ramirez

When I first found out that I had Young Onset Parkinson's I didn't have the words to...

Jane Davis

It was a tough time in our lives three years ago. Gary was beginning to consider getting...

Marilyn Shaff

Since 2002, I struggled with Three 'D's. DIAGNOSIS, DENIAL and DEPRESSION. It took...

Leo Robichaud

Leo Narcisse Robichaud was born in St. Charles, New Brunswick. For twenty-two years he...

Kathi Kalnoki

One recent morning, I woke up shaking. More like vibrating, actually. The sensation reminded me...

Rich Clifford

It was just past midnight on March 14, 1996. I began the day strapped into the crew compartment of...

Robert Semenza

It was Christmas morning, 2004. I had just spent the loneliest night of my life on what had always...

Paul Basehore

I kicked my legs and thrashed my arms during vivid dreams of physical activity, and my dear...

Phil Sorgel

I was first diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2006 at the age of 44. At the time, I had several...

Kate Ward

My name is Kate Ward and I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in September 1999. I've had...

Margaret Dwyer

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 69. My life prior had been very full, challenging...

Anne Petersen

I have known Kristina Wedding-Taylor, a fellow high school teacher, since she was fourteen...

J. H. Christensen

As my oldest son Alex's high school graduation day nears, I am stressing out over a day which...