Get ready to be inspired! In this session of Dr. Gilbert Hosts, special guests Allison, Bryan, Steven, and Julia discussed Young onset Parkinson’s disease. Young onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD) is defined as Parkinson’s that is diagnosed before the age of 50 and includes about 10% of people living with PD. Younger people will experience the disease differently than those who are diagnosed older, in part due to their different life circumstances. Employment, new relationships, and parenthood add particular challenges that those who are diagnosed at an older age may not have to manage. When and how to disclose the diagnosis to colleagues and loved ones is also of particular concern. Allison, Bryan, Steven, and Julia also answered questions live.
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Bryan Hill, a nurse and avid exerciser, and Julia Hill, a designer for an architectural firm, live in Seattle, WA with their infant son. Bryan was diagnosed with YOPD a few months before his wedding to Julia and they have navigated the diagnosis together ever since.
Allison Toepperwein, a communications professional and former American Ninja Warrior, and Steven Eury, a college administrator, were both diagnosed with YOPD and recently found new love together along with their blended family. They produce a new series of videos called “In Love with Parkinson’s disease” which chronicles their life together as two people living and loving with PD.