Saturday, January 14, 2012
Parkinson's Disease has truly changed my life
For the past two years, myself, my friends, and my family have slowly watched my life become out of control. With the combination of learning about (possibly) having Parkinson's Disease, and a rough battle with alcohol, I was losing control of my life. There was no way I could continue living unless I made changes to my lifestyle. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to make that choice on my own. What started as a twitch in my right pinky, and slowly progressed into tremoring in both my hands and mouth; a diagnosis was going to be what changed me. A diagnosis that no one near my age should ever have to deal with. It may seem strange for some to hear this, but hearing this diagnosis from my neurologist became the positive change that I needed in my life. 27 years old, living alone in Roanoke, Virginia, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease; and almost instantly a huge smile shined on my face, and it will never go away.