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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) 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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