Californian Jim Wong was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at age 42. Since his diagnosis he’s been a tireless champion for others with PD –someone we truly admire.
Educated as a bio-scientist at Princeton and Yale, Jim’s the past President of the California Parkinson’s Group, whom The Theracycle Blog has applauded in previous posts for its initiatives in PD dialogue, advocacy, education, and clinical participation.
Jim will be 61 in 2012, here’s his thoughts on how he survived 18 years of PD so far, with his recommendations for the “Top 10 Things to do if you think you might have Parkinson’s, in chronological order”
Published originally on the Parkinson’s Movement Health Unlocked Blogsite in his article “How I survived 18 years of PD so far,” here (courtesy of Jim Wong) is his hard-won advice…. Take heed!
Top 10 Things to do if you think you might have Parkinson’s, in chronological order
By Jim Wong
1. Get every insurance policy you can (Life, Disability, Long-term care)
At the moment you are diagnosed, you lose all chance of getting more coverage.
2. Find a Movement Disorders Specialist
You need an expert- not just your primary MD or a neurologist.
3. Optimize your living and working conditions for your best performance and safety
An Occupational Therapist or Social Worker can survey your environment.
4. Find a local Support Group that suits you
It helps to be with people who are walking in your shoes.
5. Participate in clinical trials
I take 7000 pills a year, because people stepped up to test them. Pay this forward.
6. Keep a positive attitude
Exercise, exercise, exercise – physical and mental;
Use it or lose it.
7. Tell people about your condition
Don’t suffer alone in silence; Accept help when you need it.
8. Don’t work too long
You will certainly do this.
9. Don’t drive too long
You will certainly do this too.
10. Stay educated about the latest Parkinson’s research & therapies
Everything is on the Internet, somewhere.
Knowledge is power and hope, day by day