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Anita’s Fight Like a Girl Story (Parkinson’s Disease)

Anita's Fight Like a Girl Story (Parkinson's Disease)In November 2009, I was diagnosed with something most would panic and question, ”Why me?” I have Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. I am now 47 years old.

I noticed the tremor in my right hand in May 2009 and I finally decided in October of that year, ”I don’t think this is normal.” My physician did several tests including an MRI to rule out certain things. He had already told me he was sending me to a neurologist anyway.

On the first visit, my neurologist had me do specific movements and actions while he observed. He noticed that the tremor wasn’t the only thing not normal. My right arm has almost no swing when I walk, I get tongue tied and have to hunt for words when I speak, and since the diagnosis other symptoms have appeared confirming that I do have Parkinson’s Disease.

I have a daughter that is a senior in High School. She plays clarinet and marches in the band. I go on every trip. I help the band members get ready and this year I am in charge of their uniforms. I am also an Ordained minister and youth pastor along with being in ministry with my daughter. I am loving every minute with all of these teens. They keep me going when all I want to do is give up. These kids all know about the disease and are always there to give me a helping hand. They all lovingly call me “Mom”.

I have to deal with some adults that just don’t get it. I get tired of people saying, ”Oh, that’s awful. I am so sorry to hear that you have Parkinson’s Disease.” I just ask them, ”Why?” That’s when I tell them it is not a death sentence. I can do most all of the things I use to do at this time. It just sometimes takes a bit more time to get it done and it is getting a little harder. At least I give it my best shot and keep on going.

Yes, I do fight like a girl and I am proud of it.

Submitted 9-13-11

This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


  1. mo


    Thanks for sharing your story of your life with Parkinson’s Disease. I was under the impression that this was a disease that only affected older people and mostly men. I just spent some time reading all about Parkinson’s on the internet learning about it. Spreading awareness about all diseases is the best part of “Fight Like a Girl”.


    • Ansonette Joubert

      Hi Anita

      I’m 42 years old and was diagnosed with Parkinsons
      When I wad 40. I can relate to everything you said and
      I too am fighting this disease like a girl!

      Good luck and God bless

      Ansonette Joubert

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