“You have Parkinsons Disease.” I will never forget those words in July 2021 when I was first diagnosed with PD at age 55 by a Neurologist with poor bedside manners. I was devastated with this shocking unexpected news, and in a dark place emotionally and mentally. To seek a 2nd opinion, I contacted a highly regarded Movement Disorder Specialist. She was wonderful and spent 2 hours with my wife and I confirming my diagnosis. After the military, I built a successful career over 20+ years in the automotive industry in senior leadership positions of increasing responsibilities. I have been sought after frequently in my career as a Senior Leadership Mentor to high potential employees.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has classified me as a 100% service-connected disabled US Marine Corps veteran due to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC. However, I am living my best life with Parkinson’s with diet, daily exercise, and strong positive mental toughness.
As a former highly trained US Marine, I feel that I am uniquely qualified to help support Veterans in the Parkinson’s community, and someone newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s. My sincere objective is that by sharing my story, I can improve someone’s quality of life and address the inevitable anxiety and fears that come with our shared PD journey.