Newly Diagnosed: You Are Not Alone on Your Journey
Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, it’s important to remember that you are not alone on this journey with Parkinson’s disease and that others have been in your shoes. Here’s a collection of our columnists’ words that they would like to share to help guide, inspire, and encourage you.
My Top 6 Criteria for Choosing a Doctor
Finding the right doctor can be daunting, but it’s worth the effort, writes columnist Jean Mellano. She offers helpful tips she’s accumulated over the years about how to pick a doctor who will listen, answer questions, and treats patients like people.
Interviewing My Husband Five Years After My Parkinson’s Diagnosis
For Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April, columnist Lori DePorter shares her husband’s perspective about life since her diagnosis five years ago. For the last five years, the journey has been theirs, for better or worse.
How Parkinson’s Affects Family Relationships
A Parkinson’s diagnosis can affect family members in different ways. Some may turn into caregivers, while others show support in other ways. Lori discusses the ways family dynamics change when a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
After My Parkinson’s Diagnosis, I Finally Learned to ‘Embrace the Shake’
Columnist Samantha Felder illustrates how hard it was to diagnose, then accept, Parkinson’s disease at the young age of 21. With the help of support groups, education, and advocacy, she has finally learned to “embrace the shake.”
Tips for Making Your Daily Life With Parkinson’s Disease Easier
Living with Parkinson’s can be frustrating; columnist Sherri Woodbridge shares small ways you can make your everyday life more manageable. And take a deep breath and count to 10 when you’re frustrated.
It’s Time to Redefine Early Stage Parkinson’s
As its criteria and definition continue to evolve, columnist Dr. C investigates what early stage Parkinson’s may truly entail. He believes a key challenge in Parkinson’s research is to identify and validate markers for the preclinical and prodromal stages of the illness.