Brian began experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s when he was 48 but went three arduous years until he was diagnosed. Brian has since retired from his career as a teacher but believes wholeheartedly that knowledge is power. Brian embodies the living well message by being as active as possible in the things that are enjoyable. Brian says, “The more we move, the better. Living well is also learning more and interacting with others. So much can be gained when we share our experiences.”
After years of struggling with Parkinson’s, Brian has found quality of life through much of what the Davis Phinney Foundation advocates. Brian now feels strong enough to help others who were once at similar place as he was. As an ambassador Brian says he is “most excited about making a positive difference in the lives of others and letting them know that, with more knowledge, they gain more control of their lives. Also, as a former teacher, I feel like I am once again able to help guide others to be their best selves and find things in themselves they did not know they had or could do. I get to help them find their own victories, and build upon them. Then they, too, can help others.”
Read how Brian finds inspiration while living with Parkinson’s here.
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