Wendy Walton on TikTok PD Advocacy

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



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