An inspirational article in 'Shape' magazine's November issue tells the story of Jennifer Parkinson (her actual name) who first began experiencing the telltale tremors of Parkinson's disease at the age of 30. As the tremors worsened and symptoms grew to include a stiffening body and leg-dragging rigidity, she was ultimately diagnosed with Early-Onset Parkinson's at age 32. Along with the diagnosis, the doctor informed the young mother of two that within 10 years she would be confined to a wheelchair and no longer able to care for either herself or her children. The story describes how, with medication alone, she attempted (unsuccessfully) to hold on to her marriage and her career. Deteriorating symptoms that grew to include increasing fatigue, greater trouble walking, and body freezes ended all that. Facing this grim 'new reality', she finally committed to a certain exercise regime as a possible remedy. Gradually, her painful state of waking each day "almost immobilized" began improving until, "within a year, her symptoms had practically disappeared." The regular exercise program presently finds her (going on 10 years since initial diagnosis) supporting herself and her children as a boxing instructor. Bravo... keep moving!
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