Amy Dressel-Martin was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease just over five years ago and underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery three years ago. She speaks and writes on behalf of Parkinson's and DBS. With degrees in journalism and creative writing Amy also pens poetry, non-fiction and development writing for nonprofits. To combat Parkinson's symptoms, Amy dances and performs with Art as Action/Reconnect with Your Body (Dance for PD), as well as serves on the board. Her family is an enormous loving heart of support and she tries to remember to thank them every day.
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Written by Amy Dressel-Martin, MA This time of year, many people set lofty, life-changing goals. I'm not one of them. Frankly, I have enough to manage without piling on any resolution-related stress! Instead, I find it more rewarding to observe and reflect around New Year's to simply live well each day.
Written by Amy Dressel-Martin, MA One of the most important things I've learned to say while living with my constant companion, Young-Onset Parkinson's Disease, for the past seven years is "no." "No, I'm not going to make Thanksgiving dinner and host the family this year."