I was aware of the elderly captive audience at the assisted living facility where our dance group, the Rockyettes, performed today. However, I was unaware of an equally captive audience in the dressing room.
While our dance class knew that I have Parkinson’s (PD), most understood little about the disease or its treatment. As we dressed for our first dance number, one classmate asked more specific questions about PD. Now that I am in my second week of the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), I responded to her questions with my newly-found, booming voice (think loud is the LSVT mantra). When I turned around, I discovered at least ten dancers eagerly listening to our conversation. It must have been my new voice that made it so easy to overhear our chatting.
I was amazed that I was actually comfortable talking about PD and Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, compared to two years ago when I’d become tearful every time I attempted to talk about it. I couldn’t believe my new think-loud voice. I was impressed with my confidence in presenting my ideas and touched that I might have helped others learn more PD.
It was a perfect day of doing what I love: music and dance and spreading the word about PD.