Tips for Making Life with Parkinson's Disease Easier

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    Few of us are prepared for the diagnosis of a serious chronic illness like Parkinson’s disease (PD). However, as the reality of the diagnosis begins to take hold, you quickly learn that healthcare providers and medical professionals will now be a part of your life. Dealing with doctors, pharmacists, and therapists—not to mention all the new medical terminology, procedures, and tests—can be a real challenge. Keeping organized and taking an active role in managing your healthcare will give you...Read More
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    1. Learn about your illness. Don’t be afraid to read about Parkinson’s disease (PD) or talk to others who have it. Remember that no two cases are exactly alike, and no one can predict exactly how the disease will progress or affect you. Likewise, no two people respond exactly the same to treatments and medications. Gathering information about your illness, through books, medical journals, and the Internet, will empower you to make informed decisions about your medical care and the treatment...Read More
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    Parkinson’s disease (PD) can affect communication in many ways. Your ability to speak can diminish because of the disease itself or because of the medications used to control your symptoms. It is important, though, that you talk for yourself whenever possible. Don’t get into the habit of letting others do all the talking for you. Have a discussion with your family and friends about your speech problems, and let them know ways they can help you. Encourage them to ask you to speak louder or ask...Read More

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Shelley Peterman Schwarz

Shelley Peterman Schwarz and her husband, Dave, live in Madison, Wisconsin. At the time of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 1979, Shelley was working part-time as a teacher of the deaf. Since 1985 she has published more than 300 articles and received numerous awards including the Mother of the Year from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society, the Partner in Health award from the Combined Health Appeal of America, and the Spirit of the American Woman award from J.C. Penney. Her nationally...

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