Sharon Krischer

Patient Leader

I was diagnosed with both Breast Cancer and Parkinson's Disease in January 2009. After coming out of hibernation, oops, recovered from the fatigue of radiation therapy, I started researching everything I could find about Parkinson's on the internet. At that time, there were not a lot of patient friendly websites or blogs. Soon, people started contacting me to talk to their friend, family, co-worker who was newly diagnosed. Somehow the word got out that I was the expert in my community. About 5 years ago I started writing a blog called "Twitchy Woman, My Adventures with Parkinson's Disease" to fill a need for information about living with Parkinson's Disease from the patient's point of view for people who were newly diagnosed. My goal is to present living well with PD in a positive, sometimes humorous way. The blog, published weekly, has been named a top PD blog on 6 different lists, including Stanford Medicine, Healthline, Everyday Health and more. I also started a non-support support group for women with PD in the Los Angeles area, where we have speakers or the chance to try out Dance for PD, Boxing, Yoga and more. We are more activity driven than the usual support group. Most recently, I was an official blogger for the recent World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto, Japan in June, 2019. In Japan, I found that people did not know my name, but they definitely know who Twitchy Woman is! I live in Beverly Hills, CA with my husband, Joel. We have 3 daughters and 4 fabulous grandchildren.

Location

Beverly Hills, CA

Nominations

Best in Show: Facebook Healthcare Collaborator: Patient

Finalist

Best in Show: Blog
Sharon Krischer

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