Ross Collins, a physician, has an impressive medical pedigree. His great grandfather, grandfather, father, mother, and brother were all physicians, as are his wife, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law.  Ross remembers listening to his father, a medical school professor, practice his lectures on radiation oncology.  “I grew up listening to my father’s lectures on oncology.… Read More


Holker

Steve was diagnosed with Parkinson’s (PD) 2 years ago at the age of 62. He has a noticeable tremor in his right hand and arm. “As others say, I probably had PD for a year or two prior to my diagnosis. I did go to my regular doctor in the spring of 2012 to see… Read More


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Betty Strom’s (1930 – 2011) Parkinson’s story is told by her daughter, Monika Strom. Betty Strom was never her Parkinson’s.  As the disease made her world ever smaller, her courage and soul expanded.  A few days before her death in 2011 at age 80, she begged to join her neighbors in a field trip to… Read More


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Terry and Jacque Capistrant have lived in St. Paul most of their lives.  Jacque attended Derham Hall and St. Catherine’s college and Colorado College.  She worked at the University of Minnesota libraries and studied interior design.  After raising three sons, Jacque put her training in art to use as a freelance interior designer and helping… Read More


Liz Ogren

Liz Ogren is a 5th grade teacher, Bruce’s wife, mother of teenagers Alex and Evan, and companion of her cockapoo Murphy. After being diagnosed with PD in 2007, she briefly became a self-described couch potato. Her family encouraged her “off the couch” and into a daily exercise routine. What a difference exercise makes! Orgren founded a biking… Read More


matt

My Parkinson’s story began when my mom, Sharon, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when I was in high school. My mom is an ongoing source of motivation and inspiration for me because of her never-ending positive attitude about living with Parkinson’s.  She has taught me to ‘live in the now’ because right now, this very moment,… Read More


jhc

I am a wife, mother, activist, author and artist. I just happen to have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1998 at the age of 34. I believe that part of the reason that I am still able to be as active as I am after 15 years of living with this disease is that… Read More


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Ashley and Justin Remus live in New Ulm, Minnesota, a farming community about 100 miles southwest of Minneapolis. They’re keenly aware of the lack of information and awareness about Parkinson’s disease (PD) in small towns and rural areas. In fact, theylived this lack when Justin’s grandfather was diagnosed with Lewy Body, a variation of PD,… Read More


Steve Snater

Life is bittersweet for Steve Snater. He is living with his parents so that he can be a caregiver for his father, who has Parkinson’s disease (PD). “It sucks in every way,” said Steve. “But it is wonderful that I can be there for him. “I had the most wonderful parents,” he said. “I am… Read More