When Life Gives You Parkinson’s podcast recap — Hope, fear, frustration and Levodopa

This is a special bonus episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s which we are calling “Extra Dosage.” Full episodes will be release every other Wednesday. In between, Niki and I will share new information, original interviews and extra material that provide more context to topics raised in the previous episodes of the podcast. We’ll also answer your questions. Feel free to write us with questions at parkinsonspod@curiouscast.ca.

In this Extra Dosage episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s podcast, I want to introduce you to Jim Redmond.

Jim, 47, is a high school teacher and volleyball coach. He was diagnosed three years ago. Even though we are the same age and have some similar experiences, our stories are uniquely our own. I chat with Jim about symptoms, treatments, lifestyle changes, and everyday efforts to keep the disease from taking hold.

After our conversation, Jim emailed to say he thought in our discussion he came across as more negative than his typical positive self. To me, his story is authentic, honest and like most of us with Parkinson’s, an ever-adjusting mix of hope, fear, frustration and Levodopa.


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Talking to people like Jim is one of the main intentions behind this podcast. I want to demystify the Parkinson’s experience by sharing my story, the stories of people I meet along my journey and encourage others to share their Parkinson’s stories.

When we share stories, we raise awareness of Parkinson’s, which attracts more donor dollars to do more research, which hopefully one day will lead to finding a cure.

I am encouraged from the responses I have received and am happy to report that as a community, those of us with Parkinson’s are sharing more of what we’re going through.

If you have a comment or question about the podcast, you can email us: parkinsonspod@curiouscast.ca

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Thank you to Jim Redmond.

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