Jackie Hunt Christensen’s Story | People Living with Parkinson's

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 I don’t let it define who I am. The symptoms that bother me the most – speech impacts, and levodopa-induced involuntary movements – are the ones on which I spend the majority of my time working to educate others. That should help build Parkinson’s–friendly communities.

Hunt Christensen is a member of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota’s Board of Directors and the Minnesota State Director for the Parkinson’s Action Network.
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