By Sheryl Jedlinski
As my husband, Tony, and I entered the Oregon Convention Center for the opening of the 2016 World Parkinson’s Congress, I could hardly believe we had made it. After being diagnosed with stage 4 cancer last fall, and undergoing major surgery and months of chemotherapy, participating in this three-day event seemed like an unreachable goal, but I refused to back down. It goes to the very core of who I am, and neither cancer nor Parkinson’s can change that.
As people with Parkinson’s, we come to the WPC to learn from each other and to share our personal experiences and ideas with neuroscientists, clinicians, researchers, doctors, nurses, and care partners. We also come to see old friends, make new ones, and remember those who are no longer with us, prompting stories of happier times together. We rededicate ourselves to remain in the fight for our lives, determined…
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