I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1999, I moved to Maryland, USA to further my education where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering and Operations Research, and a Master's in Project Management (both from the George Washington University).
In 2010, at the age of 30, I noticed a slight twitch in one of the fingers on my right hand. I didn't pay much attention to it and assumed it was due to stress. Over the next five years, the twitch evolved into noticeable tremors and spread to both hands. Between 2010 and 2016, many more symptoms surfaced and I saw many doctors and underwent multiple tests/scans. Finally, in 2016, a Movement Disorder Specialist diagnosed me with Parkinson's disease (PD).
Of the many challenges I could have imagined life bringing my way, dealing with PD at the age of 35 (30 if you start counting from when I first noticed the tremors) was certainly not one of them.
ParkinStand® is my response to Parkinson's disease. It has served as a platform for fighting back and a source of empowerment in the face of a merciless illness that constantly threatens to diminish me physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.