Journey with Parkinsons

Few people know about Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD), which is why I’m so passionate about giving people hope and perspective into what dealing with YOPD may look like. This blog documents my journey having to live with an incurable disease. I want to help inform others so that know they aren’t alone. My goal is to help you find the courage you need to continue this fight and manage your symptoms. Together we can fight Parkinsons Disease.

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How I Managed My Parkinsons and Stayed Healthy During the Pandemic

By HeatherWolynic | August 20, 2020

Let’s face it, none of us expected that 2020 would be the year that the world would change in a way that would seem to be forever.  The COVID 19 pandemic changed the way we did everything!  Quarantine, no traveling, working from home, homeschooling, social distancing, face masks, food shortages, and the worst of it…

Current Art Work

By HeatherWolynic | July 26, 2020

If you have had a chance to read my article in Women’s Health Magazine you will know I have a huge passion for art. If you haven’t take a moment and read it! At a very young age, I was blessed with the talent to create. All of my art is original and one of…

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Emotional Well Being and Parkinsons

By HeatherWolynic | July 14, 2020

Just as the right diet and medications are key to living well with Parkinson’s disease (PD), maintaining emotional health is essential to your physical health. A person diagnosed with Parkinson’s often feels a flood of emotions, as do their loved ones. Accepting and successfully navigating those feelings, whether anger, sadness, grief or even denial, is…

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Parkinsons during Quarantine

By HeatherWolynic | April 21, 2020

I haven’t posted in minute things that have felt so upside down with the lockdown/quarantine. Let’s face it none of us expected this and we are all doing the best we can. It has thrown off all our routines but when you have Parkinson’s and your off you’re routine it’s especially difficult. Being an artist…

Women and Parkinson’s Disease

By HeatherWolynic | March 15, 2020

The Differences Women  Face With Parkinson’s Disease After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 2 years ago my life has changed dramatically. I  immediately noticed a huge disparity between women and men. Especially in women under 50. The Parkinsons Foundation provides a wealth of information for all of your questions in regards to PD. I highly…

Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

By HeatherWolynic | March 5, 2020

Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), exercise is more than healthy — it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. Exercise and physical activity can improve many PD symptoms. These benefits are supported by research. The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project shows that people…

Holiday Travel Tips with Parkinsons

By HeatherWolynic | December 19, 2019

I recently was able to travel to New York City during the holiday season to celebrate my anniversary. Traveling isn’t quite as easy since being diagnosed, but following these tips helped ease the anxiety of traveling. Plan Ahead Ask your neurologist to give you the name of a doctor in the area to which you…

Parkinsons Prevalence Project

By HeatherWolynic | October 4, 2019

Prevalence Project When a large population of people have a disease like Parkinson’s disease (PD), it’s essential to have accurate numbers of how many people have the disease, where they live and why they have it. This information helps researchers, healthcare professionals, and even legislators determine how many resources should be allocated to addressing and…

Four Ways to Keep Summer On with PD

By HeatherWolynic | August 30, 2019

Some of my best memories were spent with friends, good food, and new adventures. Living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can interfere with daily life, but it should not stop you from enjoying new things. This summer, some of the PD community shared some excellent ideas to keep us moving! You can see the article in…

Speech & Communication With Parkinsons

By HeatherWolynic | August 18, 2019

GIRL TALK with PD For the longest time,  I thought I just had terrible hearing and that no one could hear me speak. Or that I didn’t speak loud enough. One of my best friends and I would joke all the time because we always misheard each other. Girl Talk just wasn’t the same when…