July 26, 2013 | Yesterday, we received a comment on our Facebook site from Cindy. She was mis-diagnosed for four years, and now has been recently rediagnosed with PD.
She is looking for an all woman’s support group, but she is too far from us to lunch with us—she lives in Vermont and we are based in the Palo Alto, CA area. To answer Cindy’s question if she can tag along, “Cindy, you’re just the kind of person to whom we want to extend a special warm welcome.”
The luncheons are wonderful, but it is the day-to-day grind that really benefits from a kind voice and some empathy. Our friends travel from as far north as Santa Rosa, as far east as Lake Tahoe, and as far south as Monterey, Ca to attend our luncheons, but that is not where we’d like to stop. We want to be a go-to for women all over the world who may find themselves unexepectedly diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Not that there is ever a way you are ready for such a diagnosis!
There is no denying that it is a bummer disease, but a gentle gesture and a sympathetic ear can really make all the difference when you’re having a troublesome day. We hope that you will help us to build a network throughout the world so that wherever women with PD live, they will know that they can always find our group for comfort, cameraderie, and information.