On January 29, 2018, my life changed forever -- I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease at 52. A year and a half later, I found my voice. I put pen to paper and started a blog https://lifechanging.me/. When I started the blog, I had no idea what it would turn into. I just wanted to write. Now, I am a social media maniac connecting with people from all over the world. This is a work in progress, and I just surpassed over 100 Twitter and Instagram followers in a short time. Not much to some...but for me fantastic. I will not stop telling my story if it will help one person. Below is my story: As I sat in the neurologist's office on January 29, 2019 - 2 30 pm to be exact -- listening to her confirm the diagnosis, at 52, I literally thought my world (and my husband's world) had ended forever. I had a bad first year both phsyically and mentally. I felt sorry for myself. I was just going to lie on the couch and accept my fate. Then, one day in April 2018, I finally picked up the phone and called LDBF Boxing for Parkinson's (https://www.boxingforparkinsons.org/) in Atlanta, and my life changed forever. I got off the couch. I stopped feeling sorry for myself. I started boxing. Soon, the couch potato was on the board of LDBF. I created LDBF's website. I even got my boxing friend to tell his family he had PD. I never realized how I could affect the lives of others just by being myself. The "big mouth" was finally making a difference. It took a Parkinson's diagnosis to realize I have a gift. The other day, John, one of my boxer friends, said to me "thanks for being my friend and making my situation easier." To anyone who will listen, here's my message -- "Get up. Get up now, and don't wait for a diagnosis to change your life." And, if you happen to get a life changing diagnosis, my advice is to LIVE. JUST LIVE!!!! Mike Drop!
Ellen 'found' me on Twitter. She's recently diagnosed Young Onset Parkinson's disease and new to blogging, but I really enjoy her writing style and think she needs encouragement. — Bev
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