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Parkinson\’s Stories

It’s true.  Attitude is everything.

Before Parkinson’s, Melissa “Missy” Eppleman was an athlete and elementary school PE teacher. She’s still active, just in a different sort of way. Missy lives with her husband Dick in Chester Springs, and has three adult children, Becky, Bobby, Richie, and Ollie, their Labrador.

Feeling the local love.

Judi Guinan’s husband Tom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than 11 years ago. “We were so overwhelmed. With a progressive disease, you know it’s going to, well, progress. Then a social worker at the Pennsylvania Hospital movement center suggested we get involved in a walk,” Judi said.

Radio DJ and world’s raddest dad!

Nicole Michalik is a social media expert and that voice you’ve heard on Q102, Mix 106 and B104. She lives in Philadelphia. John “Chet” Michalik, the best Dad in the world, has lived with PD for more than 20 years.

The art of living well with PD.

Marissa Clark is the Accessible Programs Coordinator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She runs programs for people with disabilities who visit the Museum, and for those who can’t.