Brenda Sue-Tolian: Paint Through It

Member for

6 years 11 months

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's and related dementia in 2009. My beloved grandfather passed away from Parkinson’s complications, so it is a well-known disease to my family. I just turned 40 and am a single mother of twin teenagers.

Parkinson's at first stole so much. My downward spiral with mobility, memory and simply mourning my loss of the self I was used to, was at times so overwhelming. It’s so hard living with a mind and body that betrays.

I have since been on a road of recovery and self-discovery. I changed my attitude, my diet. I went from always using a cane and leg brace to hiking and dancing. I have become an artist – I paint, write and play music. That is the big change.

After diagnosis I let Parkinson's become me – my health and life suffered. I finally decided to fight back and take life back. It’s amazing what that decision can do for those of us who suffer with this disease. I don't sit in pain. I paint through it or walk through it. I fight and challenge it every minute of every day.

I hope for a cure for all of us, but until then I encourage everyone to live their best life!


Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter

Get the latest news about PD research, resources and community initiatives – straight to your inbox.

Please enter a valid email

Skip step

Invalid year format. Eg: 2020
Skip step
Zip code is required for chapter communications
Skip step

*Please note that not all content is available in both languages. If you are interested in receiving Spanish communications, we recommend selecting “both" to stay best informed on the Foundation's work and the latest in PD news.

Skip step

Thanks for Signing Up

We are proud to have you as a part of our community. To ensure you receive the latest Parkinson’s news, research updates and more, please check your email for a message from us. If you do not see our email, it may be in your spam folder. Just mark as “not spam” and you should receive our emails as expected.

mail icon

Subscribe here to get the latest news on treatments, research and other updates.