My Story: Roxanne Self

Meet Roxanne!

Originally from Livingston, TN, Roxanne and her husband Gary currently reside in Cookeville, TN.

Roxanne is one of the founding members of the Cookeville Support Group and continues to be active, not only in her local group, but participates in several programs and events with PFP.

Here is what Roxanne has to say about her Parkinson’s journey.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in May of 2011. Frankly, I didn’t know what Parkinson’s was, but I was already a very active person. When I had PD about 6 yrs., a friend in Franklin living with Parkinson’s, told me to look at the groups on Facebook. What information!!  I started going to physical therapy (PT) and I soon realized there were no resources for individuals living with PD in this area. I am very much a people person, so at the urging of my PT, I formed the Parkinson’s Support Group of Cookeville & Surrounding. I covered six counties. The Director of the Senior Citizens Center walked in one day, and said she had a room. I was able to form a Rock Steady Boxing Program and the membership grew quickly. Not only was I helping people, but I was having a wonderful time. I thought – Who was this woman!?

At this time I joined the PFP, and we became the PFP Support Group of Cookeville. The PFP introduced me to a Parkinson’s world that I had no idea existed. I made many, many new friends. When I asked what I should do, I was told ” Go do what you do!!” I don’t know what it was either, but ” My pleasure! ” When there were 65 people attending, the PFP came and formed a Steering Committee for the group. I decided to take a step back from leadership became greeter, and mentor.

We are now over 3 years old. I look back and think ” How on earth did I do that!?”. I think it was a God thing.

I did something that should be an inspiration to everyone. Just say ” Yes I Can”.

 

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PFP Joins #GivingTuesday 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashville, TN November 12, 2021 – The Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. More than 6,400 people in Middle Tennessee are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease PFP’s mission is to support and enhance lives of people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and families to achieve their highest possible quality of life through awareness, education, and programs within a caring community. We can not do that without your help.

Occurring this year on November 30, 2021, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and widely recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

“It is important the foundation continues to provide programs, events and support to the Parkinson’s Community,” states Brent Peterson, Founder and Board Chair of the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, “The #GivingTuesday movement allows us to share this support beyond Nashville into the greater Middle Tennessee area and encourage others to join our mission.”

 

About PFP

Founded in 2009, the Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s is a non-profit with a mission to support and enhance lives of people with Parkinson’s, their care partners, and their families to achieve their highest possible quality of life through awareness, education, and programs within a caring community.

About #GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
To learn more about #GivingTuesday participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
Website: www.givingtuesday.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday

To learn more about PFP please visit:

Website: www.petersonforparkinsons.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PetersonFoundation
Twitter: twitter.com/PFParkinsons

Contact:

Debbie Lowenthal
Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s
Executive Director
brent@petersonforparkinsons.org

My Story: Marsha Dunn

PFP had the opportunity to learn about Marsha Dunn’s Parkinson’s Journey. Marsha is a native Tennessean, graduating from Antioch High School and Middle Tennessee State University. She lives in Nashville with her husband and 2 daughters.

Marsha has been employed by Metro Nashville Public Schools for 35 years. In her free time to loves to be outside swimming or gardening. She enjoys reading, playing games and does some thrill seeking by riding rollercoasters and zip lines. Her favorite place to relax is on the beach.

Marsha was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in September 2017. When asked what her primary symptoms were she said, “My left side, particularly my hand and fingers, sometimes will not follow the commands of my brain.   I smell only a few things such as Windex and cigarette smoke and I have trouble sleeping through the night.” After a Parkinson’s Meet-and-Greet Marsha, John Tso, and David Green met and the Active with Parkinson’s Group was created.

As someone who is very involved in PFP, we wanted to learn what this organization has done to support her through this journey.  Marsha said “I can sum this up with one word, friendships”.  She is able to speak to her support group members about concerns she may have regarding her symptoms or even just a quick question.

 

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