An interview with Wendy Walton on TikTok PD Advocacy, July 26, 2023 by George Ackerman, Ph.D, J.D.
I am Wendy with PD and I live in Southwestern Minnesota. My mother lived with Parkinson’s until her death in 2003. Upon finding that I also had Parkinson’s at the age of 57, I did not want to believe it. I enjoy reading and learning about things we can do to stop the progression of this disease. As I continue to use my Tic Toe to share things I love and to be an advocate for Parkinson’s Disease.
Please tell me a little about your background.
My diagnosis of Parkinson’s was in early 2017 but did not want to believe it was true. I made an appointment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and with 2nd opinion. It was confirmed at age 57 I had Parkinson’s Disease.
What is your passion and how did you get involved in Parkinson’s awareness and hope for a cure?
For some time, I hid my disease. It was only when I started TikTok did I find others sharing about Parkinson’s disease. It has educated me on all the different and similar symptoms that we all can have with this disease. I share videos of things I love, along with information from many sources regarding PD.
What type of goals do individuals with Parkinson’s have when working with you?
I have applied and am hopeful to become spokesperson for the Parkinson’s Foundation. Currently there is no one to speak to in Southwestern Minnesota. I am hopeful that the information I share can bring about awareness. I personally have had Parkinson’s disease for 7 years; I am now 63. I am having Deep Brain Surgery in August.
What would you like to see as a future goal for your advocacy?
My goal is to provide awareness, educate, and share new research, common symptoms, and support.
What events do you participate in?
I attend an online support group in the virtual world of Second Life.
How can someone get in touch?
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you had one final statement or quote you could leave for the Parkinson’s community, what would it be?
Quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu