Allison Smith is the author behind the blog “The Perky Parkie”; she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 32. Read Allison’s first Moments of Victory blog post to learn more about her journey and philosophy toward living with Parkinson’s.
Briefly describe your journey since diagnosis:
While there have been ups and downs, my journey continues to be a positive one. I am now a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have had the honor of working with individuals and families challenged by Parkinson’s. I have also been able to reach more people in the community through my blog, The Perky Parkie. Helping people makes me happy and gives me a purpose in life.
How do you live well each day?
I stay active and celebrate daily victories. Keeping a sense of humor is extremely important to me living each day well. I spend time with my dog Crash and eat lots of frozen yogurt.
What do you wish you would have known when you were diagnosed that you know now about living with Parkinson’s?
I was not alone. I had been diagnosed and gone through Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery before I even met someone with Parkinson’s disease. It would have been nice to connect with someone around my age. In the beginning, I thought I was the only one going through Parkinson’s at age 32. But now I realize there is a whole community out there and most of them are looking for someone to share their story with.
What do you wish everyone living with Parkinson’s knew about living well?
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. Exercise is just as important as taking your medication each day. Find something that you like to do, and get moving. Movement is life. Create a strong Wolfpack of people you can rely on when things get difficult. Surround yourself with positive people and remember the things that you are grateful for.
Share Your Victory
Each month, we spotlight someone from our Parkinson’s community who embodies living well today – what we call Moments of Victory®.
Your story, like Allison’s, could be featured on our blog and Facebook page so others can learn from your experiences and victories.