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Board Spotlight on Steve Gilbert

Monday January 28, 2019

Steve Gilbert is a neurotoxicologist and the newest member of NW Parkinson's Board of Directors. His work has been steeped in neurological disorders for years—way before his Parkinson's diagnosis. Read more to learn about Steve, including his website on toxicology, plus his personal & professional insight on life with Parkinson's.

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Happy New Year - Thanks to You!

Monday January 14, 2019

There’s a lot of New Year energy in the air as we begin 2019, and I continue to be inspired by the amazing NW Parkinson’s community. In December, over 250 of you raised $52,000 to make sure that no one in the Northwest walks their Parkinson's journey alone. Because of your generous contributions, we exceeded our End of Year goal! Read more of what that means to Melissa, and for the NW Parkinson's community.

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Never Say Never

Monday November 05, 2018

I remember hearing someone (probably my old English teacher) say you should make your words soft and tender—you may have to eat them. I’ve been munching on the word 'never' for a while. 

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Pairing Tango & Parkinson's

Monday April 23, 2018

At first glance, dancing the tango and Parkinson’s seem like an unlikely pair. Gabriela Condrea, founder of TangoStride™, a tango dance program created for those with mobility issues like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, strokes, and other neurological conditions.

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Managing the Holiday Blues 2016

Monday December 12, 2016

Many among us will indeed rejoice. Unfortunately many will not. As mental health professionals remind us every year, vulnerable individuals will experience the holiday as stressful, an occasion that activates (or augments) emotions such as sadness, loneliness, feelings of alienation — “the holiday blues.”

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Book Review - H.O.P.E.: Four Keys to a Better Quality of Life for Parkinson's

Tuesday November 15, 2016

One of the most engaging books about Parkinson’s disease was written by Hal Newsom, a Seattle-based advertising executive. Diagnosed at age 66, he lived with the disease for more than two decades. He was active in the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and helped start the annual HOPE Conference®, now in its eleventh year.

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David Leventhal: Dancer, Teacher, Community Leader, Humanitarian, Movement Specialist

Monday October 31, 2016

WPC 2016 successfully convened over 4000 participants from several nations. Represented were health professionals, scientists, researchers, artists, PwPs, caregivers and families. This diverse community, committed to fight PD, generously shared existing knowledge, reported on recent advances and future directions in treatments, enhanced QOL and the search for a cure. It also inspired and instilled a message of hope.


Among these voices, that of David Leventhal stood out.

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Rhonda Foulds, Outrunning Parkinson's Disease

Monday October 10, 2016

Superman. Hercules. Rhonda Foulds. Three beings with preternatural strength. But only one of them is real. Real enough to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, back in 1999, at the age of 35. Why does an athlete with Parkinson’s Disease rate a mention with two legendary titans? Superman leaps tall buildings, Hercules dispatched the Hydra, and every day Rhonda Foulds trains for the 10 or so marathons she runs every year.

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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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