April, Parkinson’s Disease awareness month.

From time to time, we learn of a family member or a friend’s relative going through tough times with illnesses such as MS or Parkinson’s.

These are conditions we know there are out there, but we tend to look the other way until they hit our inner circle.

I learned this the hard way when my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 of liver cancer, I got to witness firsthand the terrible ordeal she endured. Sadly, she left us months after my 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She was just 64.

It is ironic to be on the other side of the fence as patient and advocate for a condition that never crossed my mind to be affected by. But this is how life works and we should get the best out of any situation.

I’m not planning to hide behind Parkinson’s Disease but to take action and turn it around instead.

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month. There is important work lead by incredible people on understanding Parkinson’s Disease working tirelessly to find a cure.

Let’s support these efforts by joining forces and help to bring awareness and funding to these researchers.

Look for some Parkinson’s events in your community and help as you can.

Get involved, research and learn. Parkinson’s Disease does not discriminate and it could happen to anyone even to an Olympic athlete.

Please, do it for yourself and for others.

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