Originally Posted by BWG
Awww, shucks axipher
Well, let me take a minute to say something serious. I have had 2 Grandmother's who were diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. The first Grandmother died 18 years ago. She could not talk, could barely walk, and shook vigorously. Parkinson's literally took her life.
After that, a ton of research was done partly due to folding@home and Michael J. Fox's efforts. A second Grandmother was diagnosed with it 10 years ago. To be honest, you can barely tell she has the disease anymore. She shook a little at first, and she does struggle to walk due to the disease, but she is 100x better than the first Grandmother.
I'd like to think this project played a large role in the medical advances made. It's one of the several reasons I'm here.
I recently lost my Grandfather's brother to Parkinson's on May 29, 2012. He was actualy a founder and president of the LA Alliance Against Parkinson's Disease and on the Board of Directors of Hollyrod Foundation. All my life that I can remember he has had the disease, and I remember him shaking non-stop when I was younger, however, like you said due to the new research and developments, he got much better, but was no longer able to really talk and walking was too strenuous for him.
My great uncle is one of the reasons I fold for a cure, and his brother, my grandfather, passed away years ago to cancer and is another reason for my folding.
To quote my uncle as one of his famous words of wisdom "Keep having fun. Pretend to be well - It works some of the time." To add to that, he was always extremely happy when around family and that was a joy for everyone to see, regardless of how painful it actually was to witness what this disease has done.
and keep Folding for the cures