PAR Saved my Life
I'm convinced the volunteer work I did for PAR in the 80's and 90's saved my life. The time I spent as President of the Board gave me a sense of purpose I otherwise wouldn't have had. My partnership with Janet Humphreys on the Education Team gave me a chance to use my skills as a teacher to help nursing home and medical staffs learn to understand and better care for people with PD. It also fueled my love of public speaking.
I've made a conscious choice to stay involved in life. We all have disabilities. Some are just more visible than others. When people see me and others with PD handling our lives with dignity, optimism and compassion, it provides them a model for dealing with adversity and creating hope in their own lives.