Parkinson’s disease is something that one has to face anyway despite the current advancements in science and technology. Whether it hits your friend, or an uncle, or anyone in your neighbors, it is quite hard to see them in such a pain and misery. Sadly, this affliction has been rampant for ages now and used to be close to a death sentence in the earlier days. That is because it is a terrible neurological disease that eats away at your motor functions, causes tremor and muscular rigidity, and slows movements until it kills you.
In the earlier times, there wasn’t much anyone could do to treat the disease to improve the life of the patient. However, in the last decade, some technology based treatment options have become available to make this disease less daunting.
Here’s the story of one man who has taken advantage of these technological advances in a bid to keep fighting without giving up against this terrible disease. His name is Andrew Johnson, a brave New Zealander who has been fighting this disease for years now, thanks to his grit, determination, and technological prudence.
Andrew was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2009 when he was 35 years old. He lives with his wife and two children in Auckland, New Zealand. In November 2012 and February 2013, he underwent a surgical procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation surgery to control his motor symptoms. It proved quite beneficial to improve the quality of his life. He is the author of a blog youngandshaky.com, and he strives to raise awareness of the effects of Parkinson’s Disease through this blog.
In the video below, Johnson talks about his condition and demonstrates what happens when he turns off his device.
This is his experience of how DBS has helped him. It is quite amazing how modern science has enabled people like Johnson to live a better and a more meaningful life.
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