Stories: People Living with Parkinson’s

Jackie Hunt Christensen’s Story

Wife, mother, activist, author, and artist who also happens to be living with Parkinson's Disease.

Matthew Hanzlik’s Story

My Parkinson's story began when my mom, Sharon, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when I was in high school.

Liz Ogren’s Story

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.

Terry & Jacque Capistrant’s Story

Philanthropists, neurologist and PwP

Betty Strom’s Story

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 Underwater World. That was my mom.

Steve Holker’s Story

“My advice to anyone who has recently been diagnosed with PD is to assemble a team that can help and support you as things evolve. Continue to do the things you like, such as being with friends and going to ball games. Stay positive and have a sense of humor. Things will fall into place as you go.”

I may be stuck with it, but I am not stuck in it: Ruth Lotzer’s story

“You have Parkinson’s.” Those are 3 words I heard more than ten years ago – three words that were not in my plan, and I am a planner. I plan the plan to plan.

We need to be responsible to others: V. Ross Collins’ story

Ross, a cardiologist, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) six years ago. He first noticed a tremor and weakness on his left side. He recognized what was happening. He had a complete neurologic evaluation, and voluntarily reported his diagnosis to the state Board of Medicine. His employer, his associates, and his neurologist were all supportive.

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