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My Parkinson's Journey

In which Terri shares a humorous look at her journey with Parkinson's disease and Dystonia:

For me, illness and health are not opposites but exist together. Everyone has something that is challenging to them. Mine just simply has a recognizable name. My life will take a different path because of this but that's okay. Everyone has changes in their lives that create their path.  I'm learning how to enjoy whatever path I'm on.

23 AND ME NOW FREE FOR PD

Terri Reinhart

BREAKING NEWS: 23 and Me, is offering DNA testing for people with Parkinson's disease at no charge. FREE! This is an amazing deal, one that should make any of us with PD leap to our computers and request the test kit. Ordinary people, the ones out there who don't have PD, have to pay up to $200.00 for this privilege. 

The best reason to request this kit, other than getting a screamin' deal, is to help further research on Parkinson's disease. The company's goal is to test 10,000 people with Parkinson's. They currently have 6500 of us enrolled, so there have to be at least another 3500 of you out there who have not yet enrolled.

23 and Me has the largest group of folks with PD genotyped and, out of those, the largest group of people with the LRRK2 G2019S mutation, one that is strongly associated with increased risk of Parkinson's disease. If enough of us enroll, there will be loads of data to see if there are other genetic similarities in people with Parkinson's disease.

It's FREE! Do it now. https://www.23andme.com/pd/codereq/ 

It's easy. You don't have to get blood drawn or go to the doctor. You just have to spit into the container in the kit, and send it back.

Benefits to enrolling include: 

23 And RE – RESEARCH! There's a lot of learning going on in this program. Those of us with Parkinson's disease are just one group that will benefit from the DNA research. I receive regular email updates letting me know about all the new research information that is available.

23 And ME – What health challenges am I at high risk for developing? What are my low risks?

Where did my ancestors come from? What is my maternal/paternal haplogroup? What is a maternal/paternal haplogroup? Whoa... the ancestry portion adds another huge dimension to the program.

23 And WE – Learn how closely we are all related. Find a 5th cousin. Share your genome information with others (if you'd like) and learn even more about your ancestry or learn from others who have similar health challenges. There's even a message board just for us folks with Parkinson's, too.

If all this doesn't give you enough reason to join up right away, Mohammed Ali just enrolled, too. Now we can add 23 And Ali!

Really and truly, if you have Parkinson's disease there is no reason for you not to join, and every reason to enroll for FREE and help this important research. It's probably the easiest way for anyone to help. After you join, check out their Facebook page and Blog (The Spittoon) to learn about just how MUCH you can learn from this program!