Shake It Up and Share – with Glenda

glendaThis week’s Shake It Up and Share is a follow up story from Glenda – a wonderfully inspiring member of our community who has now written a book about her Parkinson’s journey.

1. How old were you when you were diagnosed?

39

2. Tell us about being diagnosed?

I was using my left hand more than my right. I went to a neurologist who diagnosed me with Parkinson’s disease. I remained silent for 10 years. I invited friends to a birthday lunch last year where I told them I had Parkinson’s, but not to feel sad, It was a celebration of life and a reason to live life.

3. What is the greatest challenge that Parkinson’s poses to your everyday life?

I have had deep brain stimulation surgery 4 months ago. My greatest challenge since then has been connecting with others – especially the newly diagnosed – to let them know what resources are available to them and to help in any way I can.

4. Apart from a cure – what is your greatest wish

My greatest wish now is for people to download my book that I have written called – “I can dance” – from kindle or iBooks and read it and see that a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is not the end of the world. I’ve come a long way in the year since my last story and now it’s time to share my story!!!

5. Apart from medication what has helped you most since your diagnosis?

My positive attitude……

6. What do you love to do in your spare time?

Play cards, walk and enjoy my dogs. Bake for my family.

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Remember Glenda’s book titled, I Can Dance, is available from kindle or iBooks.