Parkinson's support group

By: James Johnson Email
By: James Johnson Email

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- One million people in the U.S. and an estimated 9-million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.

The disease was brought to the forefront several years ago by actor Michael J. Fox, now by late comedian Robin Williams's widow.

Richard Renner has Parkinson's disease.

"I noticed symptoms, but I though it was aging. A slow walk for example and balancing were the first symptoms I had."

Richard Renner says after he was diagnosed, he started looking for support groups here locally, and with no luck of finding one, he put one together.

"When I was diagnosed I began looking for info on the internet. I felt I was the only person who had it."

Renner started the Laredo Parkinson disease support group, it's a place people can share their Parkinson's experiences and get information.

Psychologist Dr. Clarrisa Kuhns says support is important.

"Having somebody going through something similar is very helpful cause they can give you advice and help you work through it."

Doctor Kuhns says an illness, like Parkinson's, also affects the mind.

"I think when people start to realize their not able to do what they used to do that can be difficult to understand especially with something like Parkinson's."

Robin Williams' wife says she hopes her husband's passing will give others the strength to seek the care and support they need.

For more information on Parkinson's Disease, you can go HERE.

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