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Natalie Brown

I am a fighter! I thought I would never say those words because I am a lover not a fighter, but seven years ago I had to change. I had to change because I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease seven months after I was married. I am now 49 years old, happily married with five children.

I have had two deep brain stimulation (DBS) A surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease. A special wire (lead) is inserted into a specific area of the brain responsible for movement. The lead is connected to a pacemaker-like device implanted in the chest region. This device creates electrical pulses, sent through the lead, which “stimulate” the brain and control abnormal brain cell activity. surgeries and have gone through two battery replacements, but I don't let this disease get me down. I think being positive is one of the most important doses of medicine.

I always think of this disease as "a taker," since it tries to take everything from you, which is why you have to put up a good fight. I sometimes look at it like I was given this disease so maybe I can help other people.

I'm a wife, mother, daughter and friend and I have Parkinson's disease, but most important I'm Natalie Brown. I am still the same person – just truly blessed.

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