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Patient and donor stories

The VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center has been able to make a positive impact in the community since its establishment in May 2010. We invite you to read stories submitted by patients or donors sharing their experiences with the Center.  We hope to add to the collection of stories as the Center continues to grow.  Please contact us if you have a story you’d like to share.

The Movers and Shakers

Read the Richmond Times Dispatch article chronicling the Movers and Shakers' story.

John and Mary Sue

John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease six years ago.  He credits his internist for quick recognition of the disease and referral to a movement disorders neurologist for diagnosis and treatment.  John had to wait three months to see the neurologist, who confirmed the internist’s suspicions. 

John and his wife Mary Sue decided to learn all that they could about the disease, and in addition to accessing online and print resources, attended forums and seminars.  They have found the VCU Parkinson’s Disease Center seminars to be relevant topics and value the scientifically based information that is presented. 

John was one of the first clients evaluated in the Center’s multi-disciplinary program.  The couple agrees that the Center’s near West-End Richmond location is easy to navigate.  They feel that the multi-disciplinary evaluation, that includes assessment by psychology, physical therapy, speech therapy, and sleep medicine, in addition to neurology, is valuable and brings hope to the Parkinson’s community.  “PD has no cure, just treatment of symptoms.  There is a segment of the PD population that becomes less active and more isolated as the disease progresses. VCU Parkinson’s Disease Center gives them hope, gives the disease hope.”


HOPE… The VCU Parkinson’s Disease Center has given my family hope that a cure will be found one day for the disease known as Parkinson’s.  My mother was diagnosed in July 2006 and since that time I have tried to learn what my family and I should expect and how we can give the best care to our mother.  The workshops that have been made available by the VCU Parkinson’s’ Disease Center have helped my family to understand the things we are experiencing with Parkinson’s and what we may experience in the future.  With the continue support of the Center the hope is to one day find a cure for PD.


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