Fighting Against Parkinson’s Disease for My Retirement Dreams

I am a 55-year-old “retired” accountant. Seven years ago, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). I was athletic and actively participated in sports during high school and excelled at football. I have two kids who are both about to enter college. I first noted the onset of tremors in my left hand when I was 40 years old. Movements of my arms and legs became stiff and over a short period, my writing became small and nearly illegible, and my voice became feeble. Many times per day, people asked me to repeat what I had said.

I’ve participated in several clinical trials but with little improvement. I undergo physical therapy and gait therapy several times per week that decrease the progression of my disease. Due to my physical deterioration, I was forced to retire at age 51 after 26 years. Early retirement was especially sad because my memory and intellectual function remained intact.

I am blessed with a supportive wife and family. Unfortunately, my wife’s spare time is consumed with taking care of my daily needs. I’ve passed through several emotional stages with my disease, including denial, anxiety, and now acceptance. Like my idol Muhammad Ali, I am determined to fight Parkinson’s disease one day at a time.

I have faith that I’ll see a cure in my lifetime. The scientists and researchers at NeuroCures give me hope that novel treatments and unique biomedical delivery systems to treat and in some cases reverse the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease are on the horizon.