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Etsmith’s Story

My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s just over 27 years ago. He was a handsome young police captain and I served as chief of staff in the local mayor’s office. We had a couple of young kids.

In the beginning, we thought our lives had ended. We mourned terribly. But then we realized that we would never be better than we were at that moment, so we decided to do it all—hiking Hadrian’s Wall in Britain, touring the vineyards of France, spending time with our kids, learning, loving, having fun. I’m so glad we did.

Amazingly, my husband continues to enjoy his life, despite the constraints of the disease. To learn more about his story, see Ride With Larry, a film available for free on Amazon Prime and on Vimeo. It’s been an amazing journey and it’s not over yet.

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  • Chris H. moderator
    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for sharing, @etsmith! It sounds like you and your husband didn’t let his diagnosis get in the way of making some special memories. Really inspirational story. Thanks again! – Chris, Team

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