On the 11th April 1755, James Parkinson was born in Shoreditch, London, England. Little did he know, his life would continue to impact millions of people over 200 years later. While James had a successful medical practice, he also dabbled in politics and paleontology. But it was in 1817 when his legacy began with the release of An Essay on the Shaking Palsy.
I can only imagine if James Parkinson were alive today, he would be astonished by what we have learned about Parkinson’s. How we have made leaps in the treatment of this disabling disease and how close we find ourselves to a cure. How a community has come together in the fight against Parkinson.
Today is the 200th anniversary of his essay and I can only think of one way to celebrate… with cake! Ok, maybe not. But let’s use his anniversary to remind ourselves that we have made this progress because we came together and shared our knowledge, experience and dedication to overcoming Parkinson’s.
So today, let us unite by educating at least one person that might not know about Parkinson’s disease. Raise awareness. Let your voices be heard. We are stronger together.