Michael J. Fox Foundation

Individual Parkies Taking Charge
Bruce

Individual Parkies Taking Charge

There’s been a bunch of articles recently about average Jane or Joe Parkies taking charge of their lives and speaking out.  Shall we review a few? 1. Mike Wood Lifts Weights Mike Wood, who lives in La Grande, Oregon, learned he had Parkinson’s three years ago, when he was 58.  At first he was devastated …

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“Time” for Parkinson’s
Bruce

“Time” for Parkinson’s

The online Time magazine has a great article on Margaret Bourke-White, the famous Life magazine photographer who developed Parkinson’s disease in 1953 and fought it tooth and nail so she could continue taking pictures.  But the 1950s were not a good time to come down with Parkinson’s; she didn’t have the drugs we take today (including …

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DBS Updates: Now Used for Depression, Too
Bruce

DBS Updates: Now Used for Depression, Too

DBS, or Deep Brain Stimulation, has been an option for treating Parkinson’s disease since the late 1980s.  Basically, surgeons drill two holes in your skull and insert tiny wires into the brain; the wires electronically stimulate the part of the brain that controls movement but has gone kaput because of PD.  The wires run under …

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Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City
Bruce

Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City

Yesterday was the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. The photo above shows the starting gate, where I was supposed to meet some friends from Europe (Andy Butler and the Radio Parkies crowd).  But I was way late because the New York City traffic was at a standstill, as the streets near Central …

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Parkinson’s Unity Walk – This Saturday in NYC!
Bruce

Parkinson’s Unity Walk – This Saturday in NYC!

If you’re in New York City this weekend, be sure to join the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park.  Thousands of Parkies will be there, as well as their friends, family and caregivers.  There’s also a section of booths where dozens of Parkinson’s disease associations set up shop, and plenty of places to sit, relax, …

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Michael J. Fox Does AARP
Bruce

Michael J. Fox Does AARP

Or is it “AARP Does Michael J. Fox”? At any rate, AARP The Magazine has a great interview with Fox in its current issue.  He talks about how he’s coping with Parkinson’s twenty-six years after his diagnosis.  And I must say, he’s coping very well.  He laughs off what he sees as the ridiculous aspects …

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Run For Your Lives!
Bruce

Run For Your Lives!

First off, notice how the Nike swoosh on my T-shirt echoes, in a way, the curved blade on the Grim Reaper’s scythe.  I wonder if I’m the first person to point this out. Second, a few weeks ago I published a blog post about the cognitive benefits of running.  The New York Times had reported …

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Fabulous Fun Fox Foto!
Bruce

Fabulous Fun Fox Foto!

Parky and I love everything about the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  It has funded more than $600 million in Parkinson’s research, making it the largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research in the world.  It helps match clinical research trials with willing participants – I’ve volunteered for over a dozen research projects thanks to them.  It has …

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Medical Marijuana: The Upgrade
Bruce

Medical Marijuana: The Upgrade

I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal for people with Parkinson’s disease, yet I don’t qualify because you have to exhibit specific PD symptoms which I don’t have (extreme malnutrition, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms – much obliged, Fox Foundation!).  And as I understand it, …

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Swimming Lake George!
Bruce

Swimming Lake George!

Last Saturday morning in Lake George (in upstate New York), I swam a 2.5 kilometer (about 1.5 miles) open water race to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation.  As always, Parky the Raccoon, official World Parkinson Congress mascot, cheered me on – and had some fun himself! You can see the story in pics below…but before we get started, I’d …

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