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By Freespirit On 2013.08.26 10:07
Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinsonís Disease, see
http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/23/linda-ronstadt-discloses-her-battle-with-parkinsons-disease/

By olpilot On 2013.08.30 00:45
It's a shame, always loved her music, but it's a shame when anyone new, joins the club. I will miss her ability to sing, but not as much as.my being able to continue flying, something I dreamed of since my earliest memories. Her announcement will bring Parkinson's disease in to the news for a day or two, then it will be forgotten until the MJF tv show starts. Then every week we can all see how funny it is to have this.

When a celebrity announces that they have it it makes headlines, when I was diagnosed we drove home in silence, not a word even in the local buyers guide. We all feel sorry for them, she can't sing, he can't act, I can't fly. For everyone out there with Parkinson's there is a family whose world has just collapsed, most of us just quietly start building a new world, a new dream, much less desired than the one we lost, but new one none the less. I feel for Ms Ronstat, I do, but no more than a fellow I met at a fund raiser who was new to this world, or anyone else that gets to join. The worst part about membership is it brings so many in with you, who could walk away if they really wanted to, but for some reason stay.

Sorry rambling a bit, but I can't help but wonder how in the world do you turn this into comedy. We all have our own parkie moments.we can laugh at, most we would.never share with the rest of the world. Sometimes though there are those who never have those funny times, they just shoot down hill, how do you show them? We'll see soon enough. To everyone who didn't make the news or the internet, and those who did,God speed and.God bless.

By Freespirit On 2013.08.30 11:39
My hope is that if enough "big name" people get PD that there will be more attention and $ thrown toward research for a cure. . .

I wouldn't, however, wish PD on ANYONE. Celebrity, common person, whatever.

By makrivah On 2013.08.30 21:11
Check out this article:
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/linda-ronstadt-michael-fox-shed-light-normalize-parkinsons/story?id=20075513

It centers on Ronstadt, but actually has some pretty good info on some of the "other, lesser known" aspects of PD. The article mentions Dr. Bennett at Virginia Commonwealth University. We have heard him speak at numerous PD conferences. It appears he has an unusual degree of sympathy/concern/empathy with the PD patient and caregiver. He is approachable and friendly. He might be a point of contact for our intended outreach into the PD medical/caregiving community that has been proposed.


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