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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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New Diagnoses, New Posses

Thursday April 19, 2018

A new community can be affirming—and alienating. Especially when it revolves around a neurodegenerative disease. 


Brian Harris is familiar with community engagement, and he’s still getting to know Parkinson’s. Diagnosed with Young Onset at age 48, he recognized a distinct need for the connection and support that don’t come home with you from the doctor’s office. Brian recently formed the Seattle Young Onset support group (SEAYOPD).

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10 Things You Don't Know About PD

Monday February 13, 2017

When it comes to Parkinson’s Disease, many folks have a mental image of an elderly man, stooped and hunched over, with a slow, shuffling gait, a cane, soft spoken and with slurred speech—maybe even drooling. While true in some cases of advanced Parkinson’s, there are simply too many other symptoms and situations that render this stereotype incomplete and inaccurate. What follows are facts to help dispel the myths.

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Lies That Parkinson's Disease Told Me

Monday December 19, 2016

Yes, I should have known better than to trust Parkinson’s Disease. PD is not our friend. It spends its time and energy devising ways to mess us up. There seems to be no part of the human experience beyond the reach of this tireless troublemaker. I know this. So I should have been on my guard. But I believed when it whispered the following lies in my ear.

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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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Who Was That Masked Man?

Monday November 28, 2016

“You lookin’ at me?” The question was sharply confrontational. The inquisitor was a fit-looking and obviously volatile young man. The setting was a dimly lit street outside of a bar in a small town in Wyoming, and I was out past my bedtime.

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The Rain Is Shining — A Thanksgiving Message

Monday November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to teach our friends and family, by our own example, how to deal with an unfortunate deal, how to smile through our mask, how to love what we have rather than wish we didn’t have it.

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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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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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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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