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Taking the Park out of Parkinson's

Friday June 06, 2014

Last Saturday, over twenty people met at the Columbia City Library in Seattle for our new PD University's inaugural event, "What to Expect When You’re Diagnosed with Parkinson’s." A mixed group of folks with Parkinson’s and their family and friends attended the event. Dr. Pinky Agarwal, of Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland, WA., spoke to the group about what to expect five, ten and twenty years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Participants had the chance to ask Dr. Agarwal questions after her presentation, and many walked away feeling like they had a better understanding of what they will face on down the road. You can view Dr. Agarwal’s presentation slides here.

Superstar Parkinson’s advocate, Terry Harrigan, of Seattle, also encouraged the audience with her own brand of positivity and gratitude attitude. Quoting Davis Phinney, “I can’t control that I have Parkinson’s, but I can control how I live with Parkinson’s,” Terry reminded us that Parkinson’s is a long-term project with many stages, but also many resources. A PD Link Northwest volunteer and avid yogi, Terry attributes her symptom management to her active lifestyle. She advocates taking the park out of Parkinson’s by continuing to move, connect and engage.

The biggest take away from "PD University: What to Expect When You’re Diagnosed with Parkinson’s"? Knowledge is power, and the more prepared you are for what your Parkinson’s might look like, the better equipped you’ll be to handle the changes and remain positive about your life. Parkinson’s is hard, but it is not a death sentence. We cannot say it enough: MOVE, CONNECT and ENGAGE!

NWPF plans to host another event like this one in the fall. If you’d like to join the waitlist for future "What to Expect When You’re Diagnosed with Parkinson’s" programs in the Seattle area, please click here:

You can also contact Melissa at melissa@nwp.org or 206.946.6515.

Melissa Tribelhorn, MPA
NWPF Program Director

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