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I was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 23. The doctors figured the onset began when I was 18. I am now 58. I have had my struggles and bouts with depression A mood disorder whose symptoms can include a persistent sad or empty mood, feelings of hopelessness or pessimism, irritability and loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyable activities., but my husband has kept me strong. He has always helped me. Physically and mentally, he has always been there. 

I can't speak very well anymore, I cannot write and believe me, it is a struggle to walk. But as I wake up every morning I look forward to the day ahead and am grateful for my husband. We have been married 39 years and personally, I think he deserves a break from me, but he says we’re married for better and for worse until death do us part. I know he means it. Did I mention that my sense of humor is still intact?

It would be nice to take a cruise or go on vacation together, but he already has to deal with me plenty. So, I guess God knew what he was doing when we met. He gave me this wonderful man because he knew what I was going to deal with most of my life. I also thank God for my two sons Brad and Jason.

So thank you, my friend, Parkinson's, for giving me a chance to have a good life with the man I love.

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