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Motivational Mondays with Jimmy Choi

Celebrate Parkinson's Awareness Month with Jimmy Choi on your team! Join Jimmy Choi, American Ninja Warrior, every Monday at 9am PDT in April for a 15-minute Parkinson's exercise routine that is fun and rewarding. Watch the latest video below and check out our social media to follow along with friends. Join us on Instagram > Join us on Facebook > Workout with Jimmy - April 26, 2021 Workout with Jimmy - April 19, 2021 Workout with Jimmy - April 12, 2021 Workout with Jimmy - April 5, 2021 You can also watch our online Parkinson's exercise videos, led by Jenny [...]

April 19th, 2021|Comments Off on Motivational Mondays with Jimmy Choi

Watch Video: Expert Q&A: Building Your Care Team

Thank you for joining us! Below is the full video from the Expert Q&A: Building Your Care Team with Dr. Suketu M. Khandhar on April 13, 2021. Thank you to our sponsors, Amneal and Kyowa Kirin, and to all of the generous donations that help support BGF programs. WATCH VIDEO

April 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Watch Video: Expert Q&A: Building Your Care Team

Brian’s shares his story in his book, Rebound

“Basketball gave me a life; Parkinson’s taught me how to live it.” — Brian Grant After 12 years of playing basketball at the highest professional level, Brian Grant could have been forgiven for thinking that the hardest part of his life was behind him, that he’d be able to kick back and enjoy the fruits of his considerable labors. But soon after his retirement from the NBA, he was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease, ushering in a challenge greater than any he’d faced before, as well as an opportunity to embrace what really matters. With esteemed basketball writer Ric Bucher, Brian [...]

April 6th, 2021|Comments Off on Brian’s shares his story in his book, Rebound

Being an Advocate for your Parent with Parkinson’s

My mother has lived with her Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis for over 22 years and yet as her child I am still learning new ways every day I can be an advocate for her. Whether it is supporting her career and commitments, helping her evaluate relationships with friends and family, or contributing to the greater PD community. Here I discuss the different ways I find it important to advocate for my mother and how I may go about doing that. With family and friends Your parent’s most immediate circle of family and friends are likely going to be their greatest support [...]

February 22nd, 2021|Comments Off on Being an Advocate for your Parent with Parkinson’s

PD 101 with a Parent

A Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis of a loved-one can seem daunting and confusing at first. It is a complex and progressive condition, but its challenges can be more easily navigated by keeping a few key tools and courses of action in mind. My story My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease before I was even born, so growing up it was simply a part of our every-day lives. This being said, it is a progressive illness and as I got older and moved into young adulthood I began to see her condition in a different light as she gracefully adapted to [...]

February 5th, 2021|Comments Off on PD 101 with a Parent

Living for today

Amy Lavallee of Bend, Oregon was just 34 years old with a newborn when she was told she had Parkinson's. Four years later Amy is living a full life with the disease, managing her symptoms and organizing a family of five household. Her busy life includes traveling with her husband and three sons and caring for her parents. Amy says she can’t think about what could have been or who she was before being diagnosed. Instead she tries to focus on what she can control now. "When you're diagnosed at such a young age, you feel like you got robbed," [...]

January 28th, 2021|Comments Off on Living for today