The Accidental Advocate

I wrote this for last month. I hope that you are inspired to be an accidental advocate with me.

By Sharon Krischer, December 2022

It was never my intention to be an advocate for women with Parkinson’s disease (PD). I just started writing a blog, Twitchy Woman, to help people who were newly diagnosed by giving them some resources and tricks I had learned living with the disease for 5 years. The accidental advocate gradually emerged.

I stumbled through the first year of the blog, trying to figure out what direction I was going to go with it. Fortunately, 6 months after I started writing, I attended a conference called The Women and PD Initiative, that was offered by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (now the Parkinson’s Foundation). I was excited to be part of this exclusive group of 25 women with PD, many of whom have since become movers and shakers in the Parkinson’s world.

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Exclusive: Google Cofounder Sergey Brin Has Quietly Donated More Than $1 Billion Toward Parkinson’s Disease

This is amazing! Sergey Brin is my new hero. Read this from Forbes Magazine.

Kerry A. Dolan Forbes Staff

A dozen years ago, Google cofounder Sergey Brin disclosed in a rare interview that he has a much higher chance of getting Parkinson’s disease than the general population, due to a genetic mutation. Since then, without fanfare, Brin—now the world’s 12th-richest person, worth $78 billion, per Forbes—has quietly become the largest individual donor to Parkinson’s research, with a heavy emphasis on advancing basic science.

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Wishing you a Happy Chanukah and a Merry Christmas!


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A Note To My Readers

I love to see your comments and get your emails as we share our collective experiences. But based on a couple of private questions from some of you, remember, I am just a lay person and a patient like the rest of you. For medical and similar advice, you need to talk to your own doctor

Twitchy Woman

Twitchy Women partners with the Parkinson’s Wellness Fund to ensure we have the resources to offer peer support for women with Parkinson’s.