In the 40 plus years of dealing with Parkinson’s, I have lost a cadre of friends with this disease. Today, on World Parkinson’s Day, make this a day of remembrance where we might commemorate those who have left us—those who lead us on our path in advocacy, research, clinical trials, education, fitness, or just touched our lives! Not all of us reflect to thank individuals who made a lasting impact on our life. Had it not been for numerous friends and the thousands of conversations with fellow Parkinsonian’s, I would surely have missed out on connecting with some amazing and inspiring people.
I am aware of Parkinson’s disease, every day, every hour, 24/7. April 11 has been designated as World Parkinson’s Awareness Day but having watched the real awareness of the world and this complex of many illnesses, we need better awareness and understanding of what it is and what you can do.