Parkinson Canada SuperWalk Halifax

A few weeks ago at our cottage in Mooseland. Jordan is 3 and Jesse is 21 months.
A few weeks ago at our cottage in Mooseland. Jordan is 3 and Jesse is 21 months.

Paul Kent's Supporters

Friends,

It's time for my annual health update and rally for support for this year’s Parkinson Super Walk, which takes place Saturday, September 7 at 11 a.m. at Victoria Park.

First of all, I want to note my original 2012 diagnosis has been modified. All doctors now agree I have Parkinson’s, which makes this call to action all the more appropriate.

It’s been 16 months since I underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery and I can now say I consider it to have made a major improvement. I continue to deal with frustrating speech difficulties, which are often characteristic of DBS patients. These episodes are thankfully brief, and my speech pathologist is very helpful.

A new concern is the start of symptoms on the other (left) side of my body. The disease is always evolving, and I expect over the next 6 months that further adjustments to my implanted electrode and my drug regimen will be made.

Unfortunately, the DBS surgery I had in April 2018 does not influence the left side of my body at all, so a second surgery could be required. This decision must be approached cautiously, because a second surgery raises the likelihood of accelerated dementia. At this point, that’s not something I am prepared to risk!

Living with Parkinson’s continues to be a daily struggle for me and my family. Therefore, it is a cause I get behind – without hesitation – every autumn. Help me raise money to find a cure, so that future generations might see Parkinson’s as a disease of the past.

We are so thankful for the continued support of family, friends, and our community. You make every day better.

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Thank you!

Paul Kent

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