To the editor:
This April I urge everyone to take part in “National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.” Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s and many of them are living here in Union County. There is currently No Cure for this debilitating disease.
My Dad was diagnosed with dementia, the slow progressive type. He was actually very healthy physically, as well as mentally, even though he had dementia. In 2010, Dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and died within six months. He had been a very active member of Union’s YMCA and would go there to exercise five days a week for a couple of hours a session, but when Parkinson’s took over his body it him fast and hard! He diminished from an 81-year-old athletic man to a wheelchair/bedridden shell of a man.
There are varying levels of the progression of this disease, but irregardless of the stage or level, it interrupts the patient’s ability to function normally and live a productive life. The simple ability to hold one’s cup of coffee becomes an unsteady task due to the uncontrollable shaking of the hands. A person’s gait becomes unsteady, and becomes hazardous due to falls.
As a daughter of a past Parkinson’s patient, and a Union County citizen, I ask my fellow citizens and neighbors to join me in becoming more educated on the illness of Parkinson’s and it’s symptoms. Also, if we see someone who seems to be having difficulty walking, getting in or out of one’s car, or opening a door to enter or exit a building, please show love and concern and offer to assist this person. He or she could be affected by Parkinson’s.
“Whenever you failed to help any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you failed to do it for me.”
— Matthew 25:45
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