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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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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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Meet Emily!

Tuesday October 18, 2016

Emily has been a part of the NWPF staff for a little over a year now, including her time working at the Parkinson’s Resource Center before it joined NWPF back in April. As the Community Resource Coordinator for NWPF she is in charge of providing the proper resources to help people with Parkinson’s and their families through specific programs or education.

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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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Book Review: The Perapatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease

Tuesday October 04, 2016

It is always good to hear about Parkinson’s from the people who know it best — the men and women who have the disease. The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease gives us a welcome window into the lives and thoughts of a wide variety such people.

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Staff Stories - Melanie

Monday September 19, 2016

Meet Melanie, the Program Leadership Intern!

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