In honor of Veteran’s day, we want to share Lou Eisenbrandt’s My PD Story about her experience as a Vietnam Veteran whose Parkinson’s disease is a result of exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the war. Lou is a steadfast PD advocate and has been involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland, and recently joined the Parkinson’s Foundation People with Parkinson’s Council.
- Managing Parkinson’s: Veterans and Parkinson’s Disease
- Managing Parkinson’s: Agent Orange & Other Toxic Exposures
- Managing Parkinson’s: Caring for a Veteran with Parkinson’s
About This Episode
Released: November 11, 2020
Lou Eisenbrandt, RN
Lou joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1967. After receiving her RN in June 1968, Lou was assigned to Ft. Dix, New Jersey before receiving orders for South Vietnam where she served at the 91st Evac hospital for one year. She has made 4 return trips to that country. In 2003, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease as a result of exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the war. For the past 18 years, she has been sharing her Vietnam experiences with students and community groups. In addition, she has served on the boards of directors for numerous not-for-profit organizations and is currently Chairman Emeritus of the board of Turning Point in Leawood, KS. Her book, “Vietnam Nurse: Mending and Remembering”, was published in 2015. She has been involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation of the Heartland and has shared her PD experiences with groups across the country, including teaching a class on managing the emotional aspects of PD. She enjoys gardening, golfing and traveling with her husband, children and grandchildren.
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