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 organization called Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s to encourage others with PD to get off their couch and enjoy the benefits of exercise.
Ogren talks to her students about her Parkinson’s disease and uses it as a teaching example to about living well no matter what. “I’m hoping I can be a role model for the fact that we all have hurdles in life,” says Ogren.
As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Ogren shared her Parkinson’s story with KSTP Channel 5 News.
Ogren serves on the Community Advisory Board of the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota. For more information on Ogren’s Pedal and Roll for Parkinson’s organization, visit www.pedalandroll.org. Photo credit: Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune.
“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.
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.
If you want to see Parkinson’s in a new light you only need to drive by Mike Justak’s home in Plymouth, Minnesota. He shines not one light, but more than 50,000 of them. For the holidays his home turns into what he’s dubbed “PD Shimmers,” a Christmas light show synchronized to music, in order to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD).