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I met my wife when we were both Disneyland employees and we have been married 50 years. I owned a running store for 5 years and then became a sales rep for ASICS Tiger for 12 years. I became the National Team Sales Manager, in charge of selling team shoes to schools and other entities. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s 18 years ago, I retired on disability due to Parkinson’s symptoms. Have undergone 6 major spine surgeries along with heart, brain, 2 shoulders and 1 knee surgery. I have a Deep Brain Stimulator. I’m the proud parent of 3 adult children. I’m on the Board of Directors of the Tremble Clefs, a singing based voice enhancer, and am a discussion group leader for the North County Parkison’s Discussion Group. I teach a Bible study for people with Parkinson’s, called Movers and Shakers, and praticipate in 2 other weekly studies but I wecome interaction with people of any level of faith.
Edna Culp from San Diego, CA is an Advance Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist with focus in adult Gerontology, currently affiliated with University of California San Diego Health. Edna is married to Mark who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Diagnosis came in year 2000 when they had been married for 10 years. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in June 2020, hence they had been living with this uninvited guest in their home for more than 20 years. Mark is now in the last stages of PD with Dementia and at times does not recognize her and their daughters, and is now requiring full care, 24-7 at home.
This has become a life of service and there is passion, joy and reward in sharing with others what was experienced and learned down this difficult road.
I have been a primary Care Partner for my loved one for the past 12 years. We have experienced and learned much on this Parkinson’s journey. I compare the journey to a river, early on symptoms progress slowly and life is smooth for the most part.
As the journey progresses from calm still waters to running stream and encountering rough waters & surprise waterfalls down stream, I’ve learned to be flexible and do all I can to prepare.
I am a Support Group leader of local NCPSG chapter, attend PD seminars, participate in Care Partner group meetings.
I work part time in the Hospitality Industry and retired after working 33 years in management for JCPenney department store.
I have a passion for people and my mission to serve others.
Kristine is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) who treats individuals with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonism’s and Aytpical’s.
“I help individuals with Parkinson’s and Aytpical’s each day. I find joy in helping people navigate through their journey with PD and improve their overall quality of life. With my experience I am always looking for opportunities to help those in my community. “
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Lisa is a clinical neuroscientist for Parkinson’s and her work was inspired by her mother’s struggle with a movement disorder. Working closely with people with Parkinson’s has helped her understand how to help and she has been recognized with the Dunay Quality of Life award for her compassionate work. Her area of expertise is in using neuroscience-based tools and technology to improve the daily life of people with Parkinson’s. If you find yourself overwhelmed by information overload she can help you search for what is best for you.
Paul leads the Oceanside chapter of North County Parkinson’s Support Group and is NCPSG Board president. He was care partner for his wife Eva in her 21-year battle with Parkinson’s, and serves the Parkinson’s community in her honor and memory.
He grew up in San Diego and Orange Counties, served in the US Navy Reserve, and became a firefighter/paramedic for Vista Fire, promoting to Fire Marshal, serving 26 years. Soon after retiring from Vista, he joined the County as they established the San Diego County Fire Authority, serving again as a Fire Marshal for another eight years. He retired for a second time to become fulltime care partner for Eva.
Eva and Paul’s experience with Parkinson’s Support Groups and Parkinson’s Association of San Diego helped them anticipate challenges and discover coping skills in their Parkinson’s journey. “We learned so much, built wonderful friendships, and enriched our lives through those relationships.”
Sam has been on the North County Parkinson’s Support Group Board for 9 years and serves as the leader of the La Costa support group. He was his wife’s care partner for their 22 year journey with Parkinson’s before she passed in 2018 from Parkinson’s Dementia. Sam and Ruth raised their two wonderful boys in Tucson where they both had careers in education. They enjoyed several years of RV trips throughout the American West and Canada. Sam took long motorcycle rides in the summer including one trip from Tucson to Banff, Alberta. They moved to Oceanside 10 years ago. Sam is available to mentor care partners who have dementia by email only.
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Sandy is a lifelong learner who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with others. She is the care partner for her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006. As Parkinson’s symptoms increased, they began attending support groups and enjoyed meeting people who were facing some of the same challenges. The information they learned made the Parkinson’s journey easier.
For the last few years she has served as a facilitator for the Oceanside Support Group Care Partners. She likes to develop friendships so that other care partners don’t need to feel alone. Sandy is still learning. She watches informative Webinars on Parkinson’s and Care Giving. She has been part of the UCSD Care Partners Research Programs and has learned the importance of taking care of yourself and some special techniques.