Team Salas for a Cure
In 2016 at the age of 40, while my wife and I were expecting our second daughter, I was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD), a degenerative neurological disorder for which there's currently no known cure. I felt my muscles tight and initially thought it was due to working out but then I realized it was more consistent. After my diagnosis and learning more about this disease I realized I have probably been living with it for longer than I thought. My symptom progression has been slow, but steady over the years but I have been working with a great medical team and staying physically fit which has given me good symptom control on lower levels of medication.
One of my main goals is to stay positive, strong and help slow the progression and ultimately help find the cure. Diet and exercise have been shown to help slow the progression of PD, so I'm focused on controlling what I can control. With tremendous resources dedicated to the cause, I am confident that the medical community will find a cure. in the meantime, I am going to fight with everything I’ve got and enjoy every day!
I recently discovered Team PAPA D (Powering Against Parkinson's Disease) started by Dan Morris, a fellow PD warrior who enlisted a group of his friends and family to participate in Spartan races. In 2018, his team raised over $300,000 for Parkinson's research. I felt inspired to join his team in their June 2019 event.
I am lucky that I have a very supportive family and group of friends who inspire me to stay positive as we move forward through life, all of us with our own unique conditions and challenges to battle.
An estimated ten million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease — the second most common brain disease. In the United States, 60,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone. There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease…yet. Once a cure is found, it will be a domino effect for other brain degenerative diseases.
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José Luís Salas