Pat & Carol
Patient & Caregiver
Pat was diagnosed in February of 2009, after having noticed mild symptoms in the beginning of 2008 that progressed to the point of him needing to see a neurologist: “If ever there was a disease where having a doctor that you can trust one-hundred percent, who you have a good relationship with, and is easy to access when you need them...Parkinson’s is in this group. I say this because the first doctor I went to did not give me hope, but after doing my own research and finding the right doctor through friends, I do have hope that science will make my journey with this disease an easier path than many before have had to take. I believe that with the amount of research that is going on that there is hope for a crucial breakthrough in the not-too-distant future. And I'm going to keep believing that. Like anyone diagnosed with a disease such as Parkinson's, I had a very hard time in the beginning accepting what was happening to me. But I am determined to live my life and be thankful for all that I do have. I feel so lucky to have Carol at my side through all of the ups and downs in this journey. She truly is my Angel, full of Love, Strength, and Understanding. She's the love of my life, and my best friend.”
Carol describes her journey alongside Pat: “The feeling of helplessness that came over me when we were sitting in the doctor's office and hearing the words come out of his mouth that Pat had Parkinson's Disease was overwhelming. I wanted to be able to do something to help Pat, but couldn't, other than put my arms around him. Now that feeling of helplessness in doing something for Pat is being replaced by one of hope—there is much work to do to learn about this disease and help to find the cure, as well as help people who are struggling with this disease every day. Being able to participate in fundraising events with my artwork, to help raise money to find a cure and help people living with Parkinson's, gives me confidence that there is indeed something I can do, in my own small way, to help make this happen. Pat is the love of my life, and my right arm. I made a vow to stand beside him in sickness and in health, and nothing, no matter what, will ever change this. I want to do everything I possibly can to help Pat, help raise money for the cause, and help use my artwork to participate in any way that I can to find that cure."