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When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is an honest, funny, and engaging podcast chronicling host Larry Gifford’s personal journey with Parkinson’s disease. Gifford, his wife Rebecca, and their son Henry live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gifford has worked in radio for nearly 30 years. In August 2017 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. Now in its second season, When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is a first-hand account of what it is like to live with PD for Gifford, his family, and other members of the worldwide Parkinson’s community.

Answering probing questions from co-host Niki Reitmayer and letting listeners eavesdrop in on intimate chats with his wife, Gifford uses humour to diffuse heavy content and give the podcast a hopeful tone. He gives voice to Parkinson’s experts and advocates from around the world and together they openly tackle tough topics. The authentic, frank conversations along with compelling storytelling is what makes this podcast interesting, informative, and enlightening.

Special thank you to our partners. Presenting partner is Parkinson Canada, content and promotional partner Spotlight YOPD, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Parkinson’s IQ + You.

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When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is an honest, funny, and engaging podcast chronicling host Larry Gifford’s personal journey with Parkinson’s disease. Gifford, his wife Rebecca, and their son Henry live in Vancouver, British Columbia. Gifford has worked in radio for nearly 30 years. In August 2017 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. Now in its second season, When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is a first-hand account of what it is like to live with PD for Gifford, his family, and other members of the worldwide Parkinson’s community.

Answering probing questions from co-host Niki Reitmayer and letting listeners eavesdrop in on intimate chats with his wife, Gifford uses humour to diffuse heavy content and give the podcast a hopeful tone. He gives voice to Parkinson’s experts and advocates from around the world and together they openly tackle tough topics. The authentic, frank conversations along with compelling storytelling is what makes this podcast interesting, informative, and enlightening.

Special thank you to our partners. Presenting partner is Parkinson Canada, content and promotional partner Spotlight YOPD, and The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Parkinson’s IQ + You.

    DELAYED: This pod and the WPC

    DELAYED: This pod and the WPC

    We missed a few weeks of the podcast and I wanted to explain why. Turns out I can’t still do it all. I’m having to prioritize more and  more on where I put my focus. This time, the podcast got short shrift. But, I figured if anyone would be understanding it’ll be my pod peeps. There are two more episodes of Season 3 of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s which will be released sometime this Summer. One on Paraquat and other toxic chemicals and one on DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation. After those episodes drop, Rebecca and I will be on a hiatus from the podcast until sometime in 2022.

    Breaking News. Big Announcement dropped on June 15 that the World Parkinson Congress 2022 in Barcelona is postponed one year to July 4-7. It will still be in Barcelona.

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    • 5 min
    NBA star Brian Grant on hard work, team work, and Parkinson’s

    NBA star Brian Grant on hard work, team work, and Parkinson’s

    This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s features former NBA star Brian Grant who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2008. He spent 12 years battling for rebounds and putting points on the board playing professional basketball and the last 13 years battling Parkinson’s and putting points on the board as a PD advocate.  

    “You know, when I go onto court and go up against somebody who was a big name, I’d grit my teeth to try to be an animal out there,” Grant shared. But he admits, YOPD is a different beast than pro basketball, “You can do that at Parkinson's, but it's just going to sit there and say, keep gritting your teeth and when you get done gritting your teeth…  I'm going to have your cheekbone.”

    From denial and depression to acupuncture and advocacy, Brian Grant’s PD story is a unique but relatable journey for many suffering and living with the disease. His honesty and vulnerability are on display as he, like many of us, try to come to terms with a disease determined to do whatever it pleases, whenever it wants to. 

    You can find out more about the Brian Grant Foundation at BrianGrant.org. His book Rebound: Soaring in the NBA, Battling Parkinson’s, and Finding What Really Matters is available everywhere you buy books…

    Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons

    Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford 

    Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod

    Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod

    Instagram: @parkinsonspod

    Thank you to the following people featured in this episode:

     Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.

    Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign

    Thanks also to our content and promotional partners

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford

    Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  

    PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us.

    World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min
    Care Partners Advocating for Themselves

    Care Partners Advocating for Themselves

    This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s is all about care partners and caregivers advocating for themselves. We take our jobs very seriously and often put caring for ourselves last on our lists. Our lives and well-beings are affected on nearly every level by our Person with Parkinson’s condition, and we have our own needs, yet we still are often considered predominantly in relationship to them. How do we as care partners, caregivers and Partners in Parkinson’s advocate for equal consideration in and out of our relationships? How do we make sure we have what we need to take care of ourselves, not to mention the time and space to do it? How do we learn to consistently consider our own well-being first?

    Rebecca takes the lead this episode and talks to three wise and wonderful care partners. First, she speaks frankly about the challenges and lessons that Cherryl Choi and Sheryl Hague have learned as they navigate their life as care partners, mothers and humans. Then she speaks to Leslie Davidson, an award-winning writer and Person with Parkinson’s who also was a care partner and caregiver to her late husband Lincoln, who had Lewy Body Dementia. She tells us what she’s learned by being on both sides of the experience and the role her writing plays in her own advocacy. And, of course, Rebecca and Larry talk about how they move through these waters in their relationship.

    U-Turn Parkinson’s is Sheryl and Tim Hague’s wellness center in Winnipeg.

    Find out more about all that Cherryl and Jimmy Choi do at a TheFoxNinja.com.

    Writer Leslie Davidson’s website.

    Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons

     

    Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford 

    Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod

    Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod

    Instagram: @parkinsonspod

    Thank you to the following people featured in this episode:

     

    Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.

    Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign

    Thanks also to our content and promotional partners

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford

    Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  

    PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us.

    World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min
    Parkinson’s is not witchcraft or a curse | Parkinson’s Si Buko Uganda

    Parkinson’s is not witchcraft or a curse | Parkinson’s Si Buko Uganda

    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s addresses stigma of Parkinson is in Uganda. You will meet Hannington Kabugo and learn how the passion and resourcefulness of a single advocate can help drive change in the world. Hannington and his two sisters moved with their father out of their home after the village determined his Mom was a witch. They were never to return. He tells us the stories of what happened when he sneaked back to see her. Years later, Hannington realized she was exhibiting all the signs of Parkinson’s. He has established Parkinson’s Si Buko, which means Parkinson’s is not witchcraft or a curse.

    DONATIONS for Hannington and Parkinson's Si Buko can be handled two ways. 

    1.Donations go directly into a PayPal account owned by Sherryl Klingelhofer, President of Parkinson's Si Buko

    2  "Uganda: Pills for Patients with Parkinson's, which will go direct to Hannington
     

    Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons

    Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford 

    Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod

    Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod

    Instagram: @parkinsonspod

    Thank you to the following people featured in this episode:

    Kabugo Hannington – is the Director of Operations of Parkinson’s Si Buko Uganda

    Gavin Mogan – is a PwP, living in Texas, and is Executive Director of Parkinson’s Si Buko Uganda

     Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.

    Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign

    Thanks also to our content and promotional partners

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford

    Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.  

    PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us.

    World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    Getting more wise about PD with Allan Cole

    Getting more wise about PD with Allan Cole

    April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! This episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s Larry interviews Allan Cole from the PD Wise blog and the author of a new book Counseling Persons with Parkinson’s Disease. Allan, 53, received his diagnosis nearly five years ago. In addition to his advocacy work, he is a father of two teenaged girls, he is coming up on his 30th wedding anniversary and he is a professor and academic dean in Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Halfway through this episode, the host becomes the guest as Allan interviews Larry. The discussions wind their way through work life with PD, family, advocacy, leadership and what gives them hope.

    Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for us here; https://www.speakpipe.com/WhenLifeGivesYouParkinsons

    Follow us, Larry & Rebecca Gifford 

    Twitter: @ParkinsonsPod

    Facebook: Facebook.com/ParkinsonsPod

    Instagram: @parkinsonspod

    Thank you to the following people featured in this episode:

    Allan Hugh Cole Blog: PD Wise, Book: Counseling Persons with Parkinson’s Disease Follow Allan on Twitter: @PDWise

    Allan mentioned an episode of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s when I spoke with colleagues. Here’s a link to “Parkinson’s doesn’t have to be a career killer.”

    Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. Contact presenting partner Parkinson Canada http://www.parkinson.ca/, call the toll free hotline 1-800-565-3000 or on Twitter you can message @ParkinsonCanada.

    Here is a link to Parkinson Canada’s “Together: No Matter What” campaign

    Thanks also to our content and promotional partners

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast hosted by Larry Gifford

    Spotlight YOPD – The only Parkinson’s organization dedicated to raising awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and funds for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust. 

    PD Avengers - United to end Parkinson’s. Join us.

    World Parkinson Congress 2022 –Make plans to join us for #WPC2022 in Barcelona, Spain.

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 49 min
    On the Edge of Disease-Altering Drugs and a Bio Marker

    On the Edge of Disease-Altering Drugs and a Bio Marker

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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Miked85284 ,

Yeah!!

Larry is great and so are the guests.

Ashtaad ,

DBS

Hello,
Why you don’t talk about DBS?
My name is Natalie. I have had PKD for 5 years. I have mild tremor in right hand and my handwriting is affected.
My Dr. recommends having DBS installed. But I disagree because I’m functioning well.

dr kristi l ,

Thank you!

I’m a 41 year old woman diagnosed with PD in May of 2020. I can’t remember how I came across this podcast, but I’m grateful I did. Thank you!

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