What does hope mean for People with Parkinson’s?

hope, the word, written out on a beach

Since Parkinson’s currently has no cure, there is a huge reliance on hope in the community among patients and caretakers. Everyone seems to be waiting for that moment when the front page of the Nw York Times reads “Parkinson’s Cure Discovered!” in huge letters. I can safely speak for the entire Parkinson’s community when I …

Bio-hacking Parkinson’s Disease

This originally appeared on Medium.com. Parkinson’s Disease is an incurable progressive movement disorder that leaves the body unable to move. As anyone with PD will tell you, the disease affects you differently each day, and this leads to added stress, frustration, and depression. After a while of living with the illness, it’s difficult not to …

Is Revealing My Parkinson’s Diagnosis Career Suicide?

Work is extra stressful with Parkinson's

When I was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2011 at age 33, I was full-swing into my career as a media studies professor in California. Up until that point, I had been writing for journals, speaking at conferences, and applying for tenure-track positions. That all changed once the symptoms became too much for an ambitious …

Parkinson’s Warrior Book Now Available!

parkinson's warrior book

I’m proud to announce the release of my new book, Parkinson’s Warrior: Fighting Back and Taking Control. Here is the description! Nick Pernisco was busy with a promising academic career when a Young Onset Parkinson’s diagnosis at age 33 upended his carefully laid plans and almost derailed his life. This is the story of how …