To the Editor:
This April, I urge our neighbors to take part in Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s Disease and several (including me) are living right here in Elsberry.
There is currently no cure.
On March 27, 2013, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
I face this disease by “choosing faith over worry”.
Each day is truly a blessing, one to be lived and shared with family and friends.
My journey began when I woke up one morning with the room spinning; my balance forced me to cling to walls and my husband; my thumbs were tremoring.
After a visit to a neurologist I learned the dreaded news that I have Parkinson’s Disease.
Medication has helped my tremors and balance.
Physical therapy continues to keep me strong.
Each day I battle extreme fatigue and stiff, achy muscles.
Day by day I vow to keep trying and be thankful for my dear helpful husband, family and friends who support me.
When you see a person having trouble walking, tremoring and struggling please smile and treat them with respect.
They are choosing to take each day as it comes with Parkinson’s Disease.
I invite our neighbors to show their support by donating to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.