Parkinson’s Disease Stories: Michael’s Journey
This video from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is part of the Parkinson’s 360: Getting to Know Parkinson’s series where patients with the disease talk about how their lives have been affected by the condition.
Forty-three-year-old Michael Fitts, from Birmingham, Alabama, had been experiencing intermittent tremors in his hand for a while before he decided to seek help. He saw his primary care doctor who eventually referred him to a neurologist. He explains feeling devastated when he found out he had Parkinson’s disease and how difficult it was for him to come to terms with his diagnosis at such a young age.
It took Michael about a year to find medications that worked for him, although they do cause side effects. Dealing with the depression that’s developed since his diagnosis is also difficult for him, but things have gotten better since he joined a local support group.
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