This week I graduate from an intense four-week program for Parkinson's patients who have lost a lot of their voice. This video shows how Kirk Gibson, a MSU football legend handled his Parkinson's Disease, including his ability to talk loudly and clearly. He's a graduate of the same program. About 10 minutes into the video, he talks about how he moved from being a Major League Baseball manager to somebody who had trouble producing anything more than a whisper.
He practices his "ah's" everyday to maintain his voice just to do everyday life. For me, the toughest part of this journey has been losing my ability to communicate. I first thought I was having a stroke, at least, a TIA.
Then the neurologist who diagnosed me suggested I go through the LSVT Loud program with a speech therapist. It's helping. I'm not ready to give a TED talk, but who knows, I might get to that point.
What would I talk about? My wife who I couldn't do Parkinson's without her. My family who have been tremendously supportive. My grandkids. Then there's God who promises to walk beside me throughout this thing.