October 27, 2014 | by Lisa G | [Editors note: Lisa G is a Parkinson’s Women Support member, and she is also a member of the PWS team who will walk at Moving Day Silicon Valley on April 25.] DB
Frankly, I was pretty shocked to have been diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease about a week before my 42nd birthday—me, a mom of 2 boys, 14 and 11. That was two years ago, and now I think the most surprising thing is how “normal” my life is under the circumstances.
I’ve been married for 19 years, and I run marketing at a high tech startup in Santa Clara. I happily spend my weekends at soccer games, football games, basketball games, and tennis matches. I live in San Jose. I’ve been brewing beer in my kitchen for 15 years. Not the same batch. 😉 I’ve lost 40 pounds in the past two years (yay!).
Granted, I pop pills every few hours to control my symptoms, but if you didn’t know me—if you just met me in a meeting at the office or stood next to me in line at Starbucks—you probably would have no idea that I have this serious degenerative neurological condition. I would like to keep it that way.
I’m walking in Moving Day to heighten awareness and help raise funds for advanced research. I’m walking to beat Parkinson’s. I will be joined by other strong, beautiful, resilient women who are part of our Parkinson’s Women Support group in the Bay Area. Please consider supporting our team with a donation…I would be extremely grateful.
Register for Moving Day: http://www3.parkinson.org/site/TR?company_id=5360&fr_id=1910&pg=company
About Parkinson’s Women Support The mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s Disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen