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Staff Stories - Melanie

Monday September 19, 2016

Meet Melanie, the Program Leadership Intern!

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Snake Oil, the Cure for Parkinson's.

Monday September 12, 2016

Ask a Snake Oil Salesman!

Did you know that Snake Oil will cure Parkinson’s Disease? It’s absolutely guaranteed! I see some of you furrowing your brows and looking at me all squinty-like, as if you don’t believe me. Oh ye of little faith! In spite of my hurt feelings, I will nevertheless be glad, eager even, to correct your sad paucity of vision, your cynical lack of faith.

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Book Review: Nan Little

Tuesday September 06, 2016

Nan Little’s name will be familiar to many as the driving force behind the local Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. She has been a frequent speaker at support groups and conferences. She has a doctorate in anthropology and is well-versed in Parkinson’s. Her book is honest, brave, and not for the faint-hearted.

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Life's a Lot Better with NWPF

Monday August 29, 2016

A conversation with A.C. Woolnough, member of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, a PDF Research Advocate and an assistant state director for Parkinson’s Action Network in Idaho.

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Tipping Points

Tuesday August 16, 2016

14 years into diagnosis, the falls still come as a surprise. One minute I’m upright and sailing along, the next the asphalt is rushing up at me. The alarms sound, the adrenaline spikes, the needles jump into the red, we’re going down! Shields up! SHIELDS UP!!!... But there are no shields. 180 pounds of vulnerable flesh and bone crashes to the earth. Damage control, report! Minor bruises, a worried wife, battered dignity, and foreboding about the future.

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Book Review: Natural Therapies for Parkinson's Disease

Monday August 08, 2016

In Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease, Dr. Mischley calls for the integration of the conventional approach to Parkinson’s — involving carbidopa-levadopa, agonists, and other pharmaceuticals — with the naturopathic approach — involving nutrition and vitamin supplements. She is convinced that if neurologists and naturopaths work together, then patients need not assume that Parkinson’s is always progressive or that it can never be slowed, halted, or even reversed.

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Dare to Attend a Support Group

Monday August 01, 2016

You are in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. You cope well with symptoms, and when your trusty meds are well adjusted, so are you. Most people, in the course of casual contact, can’t even tell you are undergoing a slow motion brain injury. Why should you clutter your busy schedule with a support group meeting?

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Ten for David

Monday July 25, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Peter G. Beidler gave the opening remarks at a seminar on treatment options for Parkinson’s disease at a PD University seminar at Skyline in central Seattle. We asked him if we could publish his remarks in the Parkinson’s Post.

Content Warning: Death with Dignity

[This] is a realistic scenario that many who have Parkinson's or who love someone with Parkinson's will want to read. Some may find it depressing to learn in so much honest detail about what this disease can do to people, and to the families of people, with the disease.

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Time After Time: Kim Farmer's Story

Thursday July 14, 2016

Kim Farmer didn’t have the time. That’s the only thing he knew for certain when the director of advertising sales for Microsoft’s Bing division fired off an email as the 2015 calendar year wound to a close. With a busy work schedule, a family that included two young children and all the other demands of life, Farmer had pretty much everything she wanted … except for time.

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The Glass is Half-Full

Thursday June 30, 2016

Ron Hanken will be the family focal point when he participates in his third Team Parkinson’s Walk Seattle on July 30. The event, scheduled to be held at Seattle’s Magnuson Park, is a rare moment for Hanken to move out of the audience and onto the stage.

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