It took nearly 10 years before someone diagnosed Julie with Parkinson’s at age 54. She saw specialist after specialist, endured countless prescriptions, MRIs and surgeries but no one could figure it out. Julie was finally diagnosed after visiting a movement disorder specialist. Since the medications weren’t controlling her symptoms, Julie underwent deep brain stimulation surgery six months later.
Julie doesn’t let her Parkinson’s define who she is. “I’m still the same Julie. I always have been, for better or worse. I may not be able to do some things and tasks as before and some things I do at a slower speed; but there are still plenty of things that I can do and have planned for my future.”
Julie is a firm believer in educating the general public, physicians and nurses about Parkinson’s. She also wants to inform people with Parkinson’s and their care partners on the importance of diet, exercise and medication management. As an Ambassador, Julie’s main goal is to help everyone navigate this journey with Parkinson’s and to make the voices of the community heard by bringing key issues to decision-makers.
Ask Julie about:
- Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
- High Intensity Exercise
- Living Single with Parkinson’s
- Austin, TX
- Service Dogs