In 2010 James was told that he had a neurodegenerative disease, the same daunting news that so many of our customers have had to come to terms with in their lives. He was also in a common position of being in control of the disease but just not fit in general. So he purchased a Theracycle, a motor driven exercise bicycle designed for people with chronic movement disorders that uses forced exercise.
“The key to exercising is that it keeps me ambulatory. My neurologist said that without the exercise, she would expect me to be in a wheel chair in two more years. I don’t believe I am in danger of that any time soon. I have never fallen since I got PD and I attribute that to the Theracycle.”
Now James is encouraging the VA hospital that he is affiliated with to purchase a Theracycle as well for other Parkinsons Disease patients that are in his situation. He believes that, in his case, if he did not exercise and his disability advanced from 30% to 100%, his disability pay would increase far more than the cost of a Theracyle in a very short amount of time. Applying the number model that James determined for himself to other patients, he ascertains that it would be a proactive cost that could save money in the long run by curtailing the more expensive costs incurred with the 100% disabled.
We cannot tell you how much we appreciate James for taking the time to tell us about his progress. We wish him well with his goal to pay his results forward and to convince the hospital to acquire a Theracycle for other patients as well. Thank you so much for reaching out to us and sharing your story, James!
Theracycle is by design proactive, giving the customer a positive tool in the fight against the physical and mental challenges caused by neurodegenerative disorders. This is why the people at Theracycle love April. It is the time of year that sheds the winter blues, ushers in the renewal of spring and, in the spirit of positive productivity during Parkinsons Awareness Month, brings on the Parkinsons Unity Walk.
The Parkinsons Unity Walk takes place April 26 in the heart of New York City. Participants generally work in teams, supporting each other’s efforts to raise money during the fundraising process and then celebrating the spirit of community with a 1.4 mile walk through beautiful Central Park. Last year the Unity Walk raised 1.7 million dollars with 100% of all donations going directly to Parkinson’s Disease research. To donate or to find out other ways to contribute to this great event, check out www.unitywalk.org
The Holiday Season is over! With the New Year, it’s time to get back to healthy eating!
Proper nutrition for people with Parkinson’s disease is a recurring theme here at The Theracycle Blog. Thus we’re glad to post a very informative write up on concerns and recommendations for Parkinson’s nutrition, courtesy of the California Parkinson’s Group (www.calparkinsons.org), whose mission is to “foster support and collaboration among friends and families with young onset Parkinson’s Disease through dialogue, education and involvement in the medical research community.”
Be sure to visit the CPG for a collection of useful PD materials and to participate in their forums: www.calparkinsons.org
Don't forget to eat your prunes!
Your mother always told you to “EAT YOUR PRUNES!” Read on to learn why and other helpful insights in “Significance of Nutrition in Parkinson’s” from our friends at the CPG.