This is the start of an exciting time! This is the first post of a new way of bringing a community together. Parkinson’s disease impacts millions of people all over the globe. It is an illness that can make feel you feel alone in a very large world. But I am hoping that with the growth of my advocacy in the Parkie world, I will be able to transition my efforts into a platform that can connect us.
For those of you that don’t know me, I will take you through the “Cliff Notes” version. My name is Allison and I am a 35 year old girl living in Orange County, California. I was 24 years old when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. I endured 14 surgeries in a three year period. I don’t want to jump over this devastating time in my life, but I am trying to keep it short! Then when I was 32, I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. I would like to know who the dealer is in this card game! After going through Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, I felt it was time to change my life course and completely immerse myself in the Parkinson’s world.
In 2010, I launched a program called “Parkinson’s in Balance”. The idea was to offer fitness classes, support groups and community events at no cost. Two years later, it is still running strong and I find myself extending my reach to other parts of the Nation with speaking events and appearances. I would have never asked for this life, but I wouldn’t change it for a thing! I have made amazing friends and found the meaning of my life…..helping others.
As this page keeps growing, you will have ways to follow my advocacy and connect with other Parkies from all over the world. Feel free to leave comments and feedback, because without that, it would just be me rambling! Enjoy!