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Dale’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

Dale’s Story: Parkinson’s Disease

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2003, 46-year-old Dale Ankenman was determined not to let it keep him off his bike. Considering his long list of credentials, including former U.S. Navy Submariner, qualified ArmyRanger, scuba diver and parachutist, he wasn’t used to the idea of something he could not physically conquer. Despite being diagnosed…
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Mike’s Story: Parkinson’s disease

Mike's Hope Story: Parkinson's disease

Imagine learning you have Parkinson’s Disease. At 26. Most Parkinson’s patients are diagnosed in their 60s. Yet in 1987, after three years of unexplained symptoms, Mike Pohl learned he had the degenerative disease. After a visit to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, medication eased his symptoms. As is often the case, the drugs…
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