Blog Archives: Living with PD

Where Can Women with Parkinson’s Turn?

“I asked one of the best doctors I have seen — and I have worked with a few — about the effect, if any, of menopause on Parkinson’s disease. Her response was ‘estrogen doesn’t cause Parkinson’s disease,’ which wasn’t my question at all. What I remember about her answer was wondering: where can I turn for a better one?” It is striking just how similar Lisa Cone’s comments are to those of 25 other women who joined the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) last month in launching our Women and PD Initiative, the first national coordinated effort to improve the health… read more Read More

The PD Partnership: A Care Partner’s Perspective

Do you think of yourself or your loved one as a “caregiver” in life with Parkinson’s disease? There are some people who identify with this term, but many others who do not, which is why when Rhona Johnson, a former member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) coined the term “care partnership,” PDF thought it fit perfectly.

On Newsstands Now: Dr. De Leon & Family Circle Magazine

Have you picked up the latest issue of Family Circle magazine? If you flip to page 103, you will find a personal story about Parkinson’s disease written by Maria De Leon, M.D., a Research Advocate with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and former member of our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. For those of you who do not know Dr. De Leon, she is both a movement disorder specialist (a neurologist with specialized training in PD) and a person living with PD. Dr. De Leon’s story in Family Circle traces her journey with PD, from the confusion that arose over her diagnosis… read more Read More

Transformation, Creation & Life with Parkinson’s: Q&A with John Creveling

How did you spend your summer vacation? John Creveling, a PDF Research Advocate from Philadelphia, PA, spent it sharing his story with the Parkinson’s disease community. At the beginning of the month, John’s story was featured in Neurology Now, a magazine widely featured in doctors’ offices and read by people living with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological diseases.  Just a few days later, the Parkinson’s community voted for John’s photograph, Transformation, to be featured on the cover of PDF’s 2016 Creativity and Parkinson’s calendar. We sat down with John to hear about his own transformation into an advocate for Parkinson’s disease — one… read more Read More

Advocating for Equality in Science on Women’s Equality Day

A few months ago, the National Institutes of Health — the government institute that funds $26.4 billion in biomedical research each year — called for equal representation for females in scientific research studies … female mice, that is. Today, as we mark Women’s Equality Day, equality for mice (and human women) in scientific research might not be the first issue that springs to mind. But it is an important one. Why? Because when scientists test new therapies for diseases such as Parkinson’s, there are several steps to make sure they are safe and effective in humans. And experiments in mice… read more Read More