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The Power of Support Groups

Monday December 14, 2020

We spoke to a few facilitators from across the region about their group and experiences. We asked: what motivates you to take on a position like this, and what are some things that you’ve discovered through your experiences? Each has their own story of how they came into the Parkinson’s community, but one particular message is overwhelmingly clear: living with Parkinson’s may seem daunting, but there will always be a community there to support you.

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19 Years Into Diagnosis, What I did Right, and What I Got Wrong

Monday November 30, 2020

"Looking back from the lofty vantage point of my 19 year-old diagnosis, certain actions and decisions emerge as clearly constructive, and others as less so. In hopes of sparing those of you who are less advanced along the Parkinson's path some avoidable misery, here are major issues I got right, and things I got wrong." Read more from Peter Dunlap-Shohl!

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Spirit of the Season

Thursday November 19, 2020

The holidays remind us of our gratitude, as well as our ability
to lift others up. Terry Harrigan explains: "Helping others
helps us forget Parkinson's, and we end up with deeply valuable experiences. It can be about you...being about somebody else!".
Here are some safe and creative ways to capture the spirit
of the season!

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Overlapping Symptoms

Monday November 02, 2020

"Parkinson’s comes with many symptoms, from tiny handwriting to loss of balance...you are simultaneously clinching the muscle that holds back what feels like the Mississippi River, pounding on the inside of your bladder, demanding to be released." Read more from Peter Dunlap-Shohl!

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Remake Your Ride: Lawrence the Perseverant!

Monday October 26, 2020

As his Parkinson's progressed, Lawrence faced challenges in a great passion: riding his bike. Learn from Lawrence the alterations and creativity that keep him on two wheels!

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Pandemic, the Sequel

Wednesday October 07, 2020

"This brings us to what we people with Parkinson’s can do that nobody else can. We can share the wisdom we have gained in our own struggles with Parkinson's. We can reassure those newly diagnosed that their quality of life, and the way they measure it will change, but not necessarily dramatically for the worse. And we can model healthy Parkinson's coping strategies, that can keep us going for years." Read more from Peter Dunlap-Shohl here!

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Meet Jordan Whitley

Monday September 28, 2020

Jordan is the inspiration that has taken our FREE Programs & Events to under-served communities impacted by Parkinson's; to accessible online platforms; and to the frontline of our social services! When we Celebrate! in Place on October 2 at 6 pm, you will meet Jordan (if you haven't already) and be inspired by her, too. 

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Meet Sarah Winter, our Social Services Manager

Monday September 21, 2020

At NW Parkinson's, we are the Lifeline of Hope, and every day, Sarah sees that through. She empowers families, carepartners, providers & individuals to navigate their journeys with Parkinson's: meet Sarah Winter, our Social Services Manager.

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"Jump on in" with David & Hal Newsom

Monday September 14, 2020

David Newsom is continuing his father Hal's legacy with his profound understanding of life impacted by Parkinson's. "Jump on in" was Hal's motto. That's how he lived his life with Parkinson's, and that's how we're Celebrating our community this year. Will you jump on in, too?

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Meet Kim Fredericks

Tuesday September 08, 2020

Meet Kim Fredericks NW Parkinson's Board Member, Person with Parkinson's & 8th Annual Celebrate! Keynote Speaker. Kim is a mother, wife, a person with Parkinson’s — all while managing a career as Vice-President at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce. Hear from Kim and Celebrate! your partnership with the NW Parkinson's community.

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