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2017 began with a nod to Parkinson’s Women Support who celebrated their 8-year anniversary. Good old-fashioned support never goes out of style, and we recommend it for anyone with Parkinson’s disease.

Our members marched into the year with the Women’s March in Washington D.C., San Francisco and San Jose. We marched to support women’s health care, which we’ll be doing it again on January 20, 2018. Please join us!

We boosted our march with letters to Congress that emphasized the importance of health care for people with Parkinson’s disease.

In the summer, we participated with PD friends in National Parkinson Foundation’s third annual Moving Day in San Francisco and San Jose.

http://www.parkinsonswomen.com was added to Healthline’s list of the Best Parkinson’s Disease Blogs of 2017! This blog also made the Favorite PD Blogs list of Parkinson’s Outreach Program at Stanford Medicine.

The PD community welcomed Dr. Elena Call, movement disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City and Santa Clara. We gave a standing ovation to 81-year-old Nancy Stohn, a lifelong organizer who started a Parkinson’s disease support group at the SF Towers senior community.

By the fall, things heated up with my house-selling, home-buying, downsizing experience. I didn’t even have time to write about the success of our Women & PD symposium. It was on September 30 in Redwood City, funded by a National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day/San Francisco 2016 Community Grant.  Stay tuned for photos and an overview of the event. The holidays came and went as I began putting the brakes on anxiety. Before I knew it, the time had come to say that 2017 was such a year!

JANUARY 2017

Parkinsons Women Celebrate 8 Years
Parkinson’s Women Support celebrated their 8 year anniversary, and a great year in 2016. Onward to 2017!

What to Do After the Women’s March in Washington DC
Our friend Elaine Sulzberger attended the Women’s March in Washington D.C. She shared her thoughts, and a few photos from that day.

A Letter to Congress
A letter to Congress was on a postcard that was sent by members of Parkinson’s Women Support to congressional representatives.

Tell Congress What You Think About Health Care
Would you like your voice to be heard by the congressional decision-makers?

FEBRUARY 2017

From Advocate to Lobbyist for Parkinson’s
2017 is the first year that The Parkinson’s Policy Forum was hosted by The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Making Space at Parkinson’s Women Support
Our new chapters, our new username at Facebook, and Darcy’s new blog title!

MARCH 2017

Not My Mother’s PD
A Mother/daughter PD comparison

APRIL 2017

Visions During Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Memories of my imagination during a second Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery, are now part of my DBS experience.

DBS Creates Unique Post Surgery X-ray
Bioengineer Dr. Eric Sabelman at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City describes x-rays from Deep Brain Stimulation.

MAY 2017

National Parkinson Foundation Moving Day Looks to June 3 in San Jose
The National Parkinson Foundation celebrated Moving Day San Francisco on May 7, and plans to host Moving Day San Jose, June 3.

Kaiser Guards Neck for DBS Surgery
Neurosurgeon Dr. Patrick Pezeshkian and his team at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City (KPRC) have new DBS equipment.

Parkinson’s Women on List of Best PD blogs in 2017!
Healthline included parkinsonswomen.com on their list of the Best Parkinson’s Disease Blogs of 2017!

JUNE 2017

Punching Parkinson’s to a Salsa Beat
Boxing coach Freddy Silva at Rock Steady Boxing/Peninsula demonstrated boxing to the beat of Salsa music at Moving Day/San Jose.

DBS Expectation
Eleven weeks have past since my second DBS surgery, and I’m facing the challenge of expectation regarding the success of my DBS.

Blurred Vision and DBS Programs
During my recent DBS recovery I had blurred vision that may have been due to a combination of reasons.

JULY 2017

The Pacific Udall Center Calls for Volunteers
Christine Blabe, is research coordinator for clinical research at The Pacific Udall Center at Stanford University.

Life as a Retiree with PD
The programming stage of DBS doesn’t leave much time for streamline decision-making about a new daily routine as a retiree.

A Favorite on the PD Blogs List – Parkinson’s Community Outreach
Thanks to Parkinson’s Outreach Program at Stanford Medicine for including http://www.parkinsonswomen.com on their Favorite PD Blogs list.

AUGUST 2017

Runny Nose and Choking While Dining–Unfamiliar Symptoms of PD
An annoying runny nose (Rhinorrhea) and a sensation of choking while dining socially may bother people with Parkinson’s.

KP Redwood City Welcomes Dr. Elena Call, MDS
Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Welcomes Dr. Elena Call, MDS

Nancy Stohn Organizes a Support Group at SF Towers
81-year-old Nancy Stohn, a lifelong organizer started a Parkinson’s disease support group at the SF Towers senior community.

Searching for the Right Senior Community
Searching for a senior community? Here’s a description of the basic categories of senior living.

DECEMBER 2017

Downsizing
Downsizing sounds innocuous…until moving house drives you nuts.

Put the Brakes on Anxiety
On defeating anxiety while driving

RAINCHECK ON 2017
Women & PD Symposium!

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