I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2001. As the disease progressed, I found myself going from one neurologist to the next. I was totally dissatisfied with my treatment. My symptoms eventually progressed to the point where I could no longer walk when my medication had worn off. Desperate, I even tried naturopathic treatments; the practitioners claimed they could cure the condition. Finally, someone at another hospital recommended that I contact the Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital.
Upon arriving at the Centre for the first time, I was greeted by a caring and professional staff. I have been very satisfied with my treatment. At one point, it was suggested to me that I might be a candidate for deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. This is an operation where wires are placed into the brain and are connected to a battery pack or neurostimulator in the chest area. I went for it. The surgery took nearly seven hours – I was awake the whole time! My surgery was a little different; I have two battery packs, one on each side of my chest.
DBS has changed my life. My arms and legs function as before. I can walk all day; I can even run again. I can travel on public transit without falling. It has been almost three years since I had DBS surgery. I continue to go to the Centre twice a year. I am very thankful to the all the staff at the Centre for their continuing care and support.
Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre
*Don’t miss a special evening with rock legend Tom Cochrane in support of the Morton & Gloria Shulman Movement Disorders Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital. Set in the fabulous Capital Event Theatre, the event will include an open bar, great food, a silent auction and amazing entertainment.