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Blog, Parkinson's

The Journey To Take Back My Life Has Begun

“a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Laozi As I begin my journey to have Deep Brain Stimulation surgery to help alleviate my Parkinson’s symptoms, I thought it would be good to keep a journal of all the ups and downs along the way. I’ve been battling Parkinson’s Disease since I was about 30 years…

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Parkinson's, Thoughts

Is Revealing My Parkinson’s Diagnosis Career Suicide?

When I was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2011 at age 33, I was full-swing into my career as a media studies professor in California. Up until that point, I had been writing for journals, speaking at conferences, and applying for tenure-track positions. That all changed once the symptoms became too much for an ambitious young academic to bear. I…

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