I've been pretty healthy for most of my life. As a kid, I skied, sailed boats, hiked to the top of Mt. Washington and skied the bowl in Tuckermanís Ravine on Mt. Washington in the USCG and was the No. 2 rescue swimmers on the CG Cutter that I was stationed on. I spent 23 years as a cameraman for WOR TV; CBS; NBC, Fox News Channel and CNN. I also worked on a number of syndicated shows, including Inside Edition with Deborah Norville, Geraldo and Rush Limbaugh. The last ten years in TV were spent Operating Robotic camera systems†for the news.
It was a pretty physical lifestyle. After working in the broadcasting business for all those years, when I received a poor review by my boss at CNN, I knew it was time to see a Dr. I had become slow and my coordination was off. After seeing a neurologist in Yorktown, it was suggested that I see Dr. Steve Frucht at the Movement Disorders Clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Dr. Frucht confirmed my Parkinson's. That was about 6 years ago. At the time I worked for CNN in NYC. CNN wasn't exactly accommodating to my newly acquired disability and wanted to fire me saying that my position had been eliminated. I sought legal counsel and after many months of negotiation, I was able to collect SS/disability a Long Term Disability policy and CNN gave me an acceptable severance package.
No longer working in the TV business, I started to do more still photography. I had a few local shows of my photographs that consisted of mostly railroad subjects. Last Fall I was contacted by the German Railroad Museum and offered a show of images that I took in 1974 in Hof, Germany. The show opened at the DB Museum in Nuremberg, moved to the DB Museum in Koblenz and will move to the DB Museum in Halle in October.
During the past 6 years, I have continued to be seen by Dr. Frucht, now at Mt. Sinai. I am, for the most part, still on the original dose of my meds with some small changes.
Not long after my diagnosis, someone asked me about getting depressed, as PD patients (I guess), often become depressed. My answer was and still is this, "I don't have time to get depressed, I'm too busy."