“Parkinson’s disease is a mimic. It is also a snowflake; no two incidents being identical in symptoms,” writes Gil Thelen, a PDF Research Advocate and longtime newspaper editor from Tampa, FL. With these words, printed last week as part of his Op-Ed, Mr. Thelen has proven how powerful a tool the pen can be in the fight against Parkinson’s.
The media response to the tragic suicide of the gifted actor Robin Williams has included much speculation about a possible connection between his recent diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease, or the medicines used to treat it, with the depression that apparently prompted him to take his life. At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, we are not privy to the details of his diagnosis, or the prescriptions he may have used to treat it. Nor do we have any information about any other drugs he is rumored to have used, or whether these may have contributed to his depression.
This Thursday will be a very special day for the Parkinson’s community: the debut of The Michael J. Fox show, a new TV comedy series starring the eponymous TV newscaster who lives with Parkinson’s disease. Michael has done so much to help this community — through the foundation he created, of course, but also by simply giving a “face” to Parkinson’s around the world. It is no exaggeration to say that he has transformed the way we look at PD and the people who live with it, and the level of urgency we all feel to bring resources to bear… Read More
Last month, PDF hosted a special screening of the film, A Late Quartet in New York, NY, followed by a conversation with its Director, Yaron Zilberman, PDF Scientific Director Dr. Stanley Fahn and PDF Research Advocate Pam Quinn. If you haven’t yet heard of this film, which is produced by Entertainment One Films, it stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken as a string quartet struggling to stay together in the face of competing egos and … Parkinson’s disease. As you too often tell us, your neighbors and friends may not truly understand the disease. So… Read More