Introduction


#1
Dear new friends,

My name is Lex and I live in New Jersey. I am 66. My wife Wanda and I met in high school and recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. We have four adult children, one grandson and another on the way. We also have a six year old miniature beagle named Kate. I am a Catholic deacon, ordained in 1992 for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. On staff as a pastoral minister at our local parish, i also serve as a volunteer chaplain in psychiatric units at two local hospitals. My profession was Information Techology and I retired two years ago as chief information officer for a large medical center. Wanda and I also practiced and taught martial arts (TaeKwonDo and practical self-defense) for over 30 years.

I am happy to have found this wonderful forum and look forward to getting to know many of you..

Peace to you and your loved ones now and always,

Lex.

#2
Hello Lex and a warm welcome to the forum,
There are lots of different people here with experience of pretty much everything that Parkinson's can throw at us.
I hope you find the forum as helpful and supportive as I have done.

Are you going to the World Parkinson Congress? It takes place 1-4 October 2013 in Montreal.

Elegant Fowl

#3
Thank you for your welcoming response. I will not be able to attend the conference. Still processing this diagnosis. Symptoms - hand tremor -,just became apparent to me a month ago. Glad I discovered this Forum. I'm sure it will be most helpful.

Peace . . .

#4
what an interesting combination of activities.
hope you find what you need.
t

#5
Hi Lex and welcome from another newbie. I'm in Cornwall and I'm a full time carer to my daughter who has a learning disibility. My son is working for the Mary Rose trust in Portsmouth dockyard.
tony in Cornwall

#6
Hi Tony,

Thanks for welcoming me.

Peace to you and your daughter,

Lex.

#7
Hello & Welcome,

I am 52 diagnosed April 2012. Work full time in health care in NE Scotland.

I wish you all the best.

Helen

#8
Thank you, Helen.

Peace, Lex

#9
Another welcome to you, Deacon Lex, this one from the other coast! I live in a suburb of Portland, OR. Although I'm close to you in age (67), I have had PD for 16 years now. I've been fortunate in having a very slow-moving case, though. My symptoms, thanks to medications and lots of exercise, are still quite subtle. Widowed just last year, I am readjusting to living alone and keeping busy with friends.

Best wishes to you!

#10
Dear J,

Thank you for your welcome and sharing. I'm sorry for the loss of your wife.

Peace,

Lex.

#11
P.S. my apology, J. I meant to offer my sympathies for the loss of your Husband.

Lex

#12
Hi Lex. Welcome to the forum. I'm the same age as you (66), so that's something we have in common besides PD. I've had this wretched disease for nearly 5 years now but I try not to let it get me down. The important thing is to try and maintain a positive, optimistic attitude but this is by no means easy. However, there are plenty of people on this forum with a great sense of humour (or should that be humor?) and always ready to share a joke. Try Social Club if you are in need of cheering up. Overseas members are always welcome, especially from the good old U.S.of A. Keep posting.

Chris :smile:

#13
Thanks for the warm welcome, Chris.

Lex.