When I was 21, I was single, energetic and healthy. I was a student obtaining my Master’s in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin. At age 22, I met Tom, my future husband, and moved to Canada, and at age 24 we got married. Life was good.
At age 46, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s (PD). Life was still good and continues to be good at the age of 58.
Yesterday I met IndyMama (Lynn) online. Lynn and I are the same -- both married and have PD. However, we are different in that Lynn is 21 years old, and she’s a mother, student, and employee with a genetic, family history of PD. Lynn grew up living in a home with PD when her father was diagnosed at age 39. Lynn began experiencing PD symptoms at the age of 18.
This week Lynn launched her new blog, Young Parkinson’s: My Journey. You will enjoy Lynn’s warm and personal style of writing. Her message is “You are not alone.” She is wise beyond her years (living with PD does that to you). Lynn welcomes comments and stories from her readers.
I can’t imagine what it is like to be a young wife, mother, student and employee with PD at the age of 21. However, after reading her blog, I know that Lynn’s positive attitude and determination will make life good for her and her family for many years to come.