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Posted by Carole on September 06, 2000 at 16:57:49:

I want to share some wonderful moments I am experiencing lately. For those who don't know my history, I am a 47 yr old woman with PD (since I was 31). My worst symptoms were tremors on the right side, and my medication protocal was starting to cause more problems than benefits. I had STN Brain surgery in May of '99 on both sides (two electrode implants were placed in the subthalamic nucleus). I was also having problems with rigidity, slowness, balance and dystonia. Still, the tremor was the most bothersome and if I tried to take more meds to control it, I just got worse with dyskinesias (I was a manic, lip licking, spazzy crazy woman!) I had a malfunction in one of the implants, and had a second surgery in March of 2000 to replace one of the "computers" in my chest. Since that time, after several adjustments of my meds and stimulators, my life has just blossomed. I quit my stressful teaching job 5 years ago, but was working too hard helping my husband at his business. We've decided that I do best out of the stress as much as possible. I am at home most of the time now, have taken up walking my dog (and swinging my arms!!), and rejoined a health club so I can take gentle yoga and Tai Chi and do some weight lifting again. The amazing thing (to myself) is that I just finished is painting trim work with a hand that couldn't hold a cup not too many months ago. I'm standing back, admiring my stress-free environment (most of the times) and decided I should share with you all on the boards. If you have a chance to go for this surgery at some time, then find the funds, the courage, whatever it takes, and GO FOR IT!! Life is better now, even though I still have PD. This disease has enabled me to expand my life into areas I never got to try before. Sure, some venues have been closed, but for every one closed, another door has opened. I am sincere in that, not just repeating platitudes. Take heart, any who are sad or not accepting their diagnosis. I believe there is help available, and you must find within yourself new strengths, new talents, new awareness of what IS possible. Courage to you all, you princes and princesses of PD, you Kings and Queens of the World (a little "borrowed pap" there!!)

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