Reflections On How Far We Have Come…
I was diagnosed with PD in March of 2006. I wasn't prepared for what my future might hold so I started looking for a way to connect with people who had the disease. Ultimately, I was lead to Indiana Parkinson Foundation and I am forever grateful for the physical, spiritual and community support I receive.
I was part of the November 2010 meeting at Noble Tea and Coffee when Joy Resetar, one of our trainers, put together our initial exercise outline for IPF's exercise program. I was with Don Waterman the day he named it "The Climb". I often reflect on our initial gathering at White River Christian Church and how much our program has progressed since then!
A couple of weeks ago trainers Deb Knapp and Kim Williams and Angie Fiely, mentoring student, spent an hour with me designing a special program to help with my lower back and neck; something our trainers are doing for all the PWPs! All of those years of experience they have working with people, their skill level and educational backgrounds are invaluable. How blessed we are to have such a talented group helping us with our daily battle against Parkinson's disease!
Don Schaefer, Noblesville CLIMBer