When Life Gives You Parkinson's

Curiouscast

Larry Gifford has Parkinson’s disease, and he wants to talk about it. When Life Gives You Parkinson’s chronicles Larry’s journey following diagnosis at age 45, but he knows he’s only part of the story. The podcast gives voice to the fascinating people that make up the Parkinson’s community and beyond — his family, his fellow people with Parkinson’s, care partners, advocates, researchers and healthcare providers. Through these interviews, the podcast informs and inspires others to share their own stories revealing the challenges and growth offered by the Parkinson’s journey. Larry is a seasoned broadcaster and the podcast is co-hosted by then-radio personality Niki Reitmayer until 2020 when Larry’s wife Rebecca takes on the role. 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, PD Avengers, World Parkinson Congress #WPC2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Curiouscast

Description:

Larry Gifford has Parkinson’s disease, and he wants to talk about it. When Life Gives You Parkinson’s chronicles Larry’s journey following diagnosis at age 45, but he knows he’s only part of the story. The podcast gives voice to the fascinating people that make up the Parkinson’s community and beyond — his family, his fellow people with Parkinson’s, care partners, advocates, researchers and healthcare providers. Through these interviews, the podcast informs and inspires others to share their own stories revealing the challenges and growth offered by the Parkinson’s journey. Larry is a seasoned broadcaster and the podcast is co-hosted by then-radio personality Niki Reitmayer until 2020 when Larry’s wife Rebecca takes on the role. 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, PD Avengers, World Parkinson Congress #WPC2023 in Barcelona, Spain.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Promise of Lithium as a Parkinson’s Disease Modifying Treatment

2/1/2023
Lithium is more than a drug, it’s the third element on the Periodic Table of Elements. Symbol is LI. It’s lightest metal known to mankind. Lithium-ion batters are used in electric cars. Lithium is also present in vaping devices, many personal electronics such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops, E-Bikes, electric toothbrushes, tools, hoverboards, scooters, and for solar power backup storage. Its origins can be traced back to the Big Bang. For 70 years it’s successfully been used to treat...

Duration:00:52:20

Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson’s Journey w/ May May Ali and Michael S. Okun, MD

1/18/2023
January 17 marks the 81st anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest Parkinson’s advocates of all time, Muhammad Ali. In this episode, we learn more about the champ’s journey from his eldest daughter Maryum “May May” Ali – the stigma her father dealt with after his diagnosis, when she first noticed changes in her dad, struggles with speaking and medication, and how he improved his quality of life. In addition to exploring Ali’s Parkinson’s legacy, Dr. Michael S. Okun, the head of...

Duration:00:38:18

I Don’t Care Just Call It Apathy

11/23/2022
One of the dark symptoms of Parkinson’s is apathy. Describing apathy is a bit like describing what it feels like when a dementor in the Harry Potter books kisses a character – the ability to drain happiness and hope from its victims. When a person with Parkinson’s spirals into a an apathetic state they lack motivation and lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. To experience apathy is like being in a bubble of indifference. You stop caring about yourself or other people in your life...

Duration:00:47:10

Live Inspired with John O'Leary

11/2/2022
When John O’Leary was a nine-year-old boy, he was burned on 100% of his body. He was in his garage playing with matches and gasoline—just like he’d had seen the older boys on his block do. A fire exploded, consuming the garage, sending him flying back against the wall and turning his whole world upside down. He talks with Larry & Rebecca about how he was given 1% chance to live. Now, 36-years later, John is living an inspired life. He has two national best-selling books “On Fire” and “In...

Duration:00:56:56

Being Well with Parkinson’s

10/19/2022
Kat Hill and Nancy Peate are the authors of Being Well with a Chronic Illness: A Guide to Joy and Resilience with Your Diagnosis. In their book they offer wisdom, language, research-supported guidance and personal stories to help people with Parkinson’s and other chronic conditions navigate their wellness journey. In this episode, Rebecca talks with the authors — who also happen to be good friends — about their own experiences with Parkinson’s and how they have cultivated tools to find joy...

Duration:00:47:52

What’s Your Superpower? Feat. Geoff Constable

10/12/2022
Geoff Constable is a PD Avenger and an Ambassador for the World Parkinson Congress 2023 in Barcelona. We met at the last WPC2019 in Kyoto. Like many of us with YOPD, Geoff’s diagnosis was delayed six years as doctors tried to figure out root issue of his symptoms. In 2008, at the age of 50, he finally was able to put a name to the issues he had, Parkinson’s disease. Geoff spent his teen years sleeping on friends couches and sometimes living on the street. He earned a degree in Naval...

Duration:00:51:26

What’s New and Now in Parkinson’s

9/22/2022
Updates on several stories we’ve shared on the podcast. Reactions to the three-minute test to diagnose Parkinson’s. The final 30km on a cross-country bike tour for Parkinson’s leaves bikers spinning their wheels. * We catch up with the Rigid Riders. Plus, Ozzy Osbourne on stage for the first time since his Parkinson’s diagnosis. *Don’t forget to push the donut button. EMAIL Larry and Rebecca: ParkinsonsPod@curiouscast.ca Have questions, comments, or a story idea? We would love you to click...

Duration:00:35:20

A 3-minute test for a Parkinson’s diagnosis

9/7/2022
This is a breakthrough, breaking news episode featuring Professor Perdita Barran, University of Manchester and Joy Milne, the woman who can smell Parkinson’s. Today. their latest research paper was published at 12:01am (BST) September 7, 2022. This research has led to a three-minute non-invasive test to determine a positive or negative Parkinson’s diagnosis. Clinical Research will begin within two years at University of Manchester and has the potential to be approved as a diagnostic tool for...

Duration:00:27:26

I Was Clueless About Caregiving

8/24/2022
Dave Iverson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004. He is a founding member of The Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) Patient Council and was the first host of the MJFF Parkinson’s Podcast. We caught up at a patient council meeting in New York City to chat about his new book “Winter Stars.” Parkinson’s runs deep in Dave’s family, but this book is not strictly about Parkinson’s. It’s about family, life choices and a bone between a mother and son. At the age of 59, having spent nearly forty...

Duration:00:29:47

Two women with Parkinson’s, 200 years apart

8/10/2022
SUMMARY: In the book, “Mary & Me,” author Robyn Cotton draws upon her own experiences with Parkinson’s in a fictional novel based in contemporary times and early 1800’s London, England when Dr. James Parkinson was roaming the streets and noticing a condition, he called shaky palsy. Not often does Parkinson’s play such a key role in a fictional piece of work, Robyn’s journey grounds the book in near-real experiences as she and her characters struggle with the degenerative brain disease. EMAIL...

Duration:00:37:10

Spinning Wheels

7/20/2022
Larry & Rebecca Gifford highlight two Canadians with Parkinson’s who are sparking awareness, raising money and building community by riding their bicycles across every Canadian Province over the next three months. Jim Redmond and Steve Iseman take a break from pedaling to sit down with Larry at picnic table outside their RV on Day two of the journey when they stopped at the Capilano River RV Park in West Vancouver. Thank you for listening. Add your voice to the show and leave a message for...

Duration:00:46:04

Down Under | A Spark, A Warrior, and World Parkinson's Day

4/7/2022
This is part one of three of a mini-series of episodes we are calling “Down Under.” Host Larry Gifford gets you ready for World Parkinson’s Day. Learn about the new international symbol for Parkinson’s disease named “THE SPARK” and how you can use it. Where to watch the world premiere of the new documentary “The Long Road to Hope: Ending Parkinson’s Disease.” The Parkinson Unity Walk in Central Park in New York City is going to take place April 23. IF you can’t make it, you can still...

Duration:00:29:52

The Talk | Larry & Rebecca in Conversation – Part Three of Three

2/16/2022
This is the final instalment of our three episode mini-series we are calling “The Talk.” Hosts Larry and Rebecca Gifford talk about how Parkinson’s can send them into a hopeless spiral – at times it feeling as if they aren’t both committed to the marriage. And then there are times when Parkinson’s brings them closer together than ever. A difficult, intimate, deeply personal conversation about keeping connected and the importance of communication for people with Parkinson’s and care partners....

Duration:00:32:31

The Talk | Larry & Rebecca in Conversation – Part Two of Three.

2/2/2022
This is part two of three for a mini-series of episodes we are calling “The Talk.” Hosts Larry and Rebecca Gifford are also the guests this week. In this episode, they check share the emotional toll Parkinson’s takes on each of them. How to maintain agency of your life while dealing with Parkinson’s, how apathy impacts everything and where hope is found when you feel hopeless. Thank you for listening. EMAIL US: ParkinsonsPod@CuriousCast.ca Have questions for Larry & Rebecca? Want to share...

Duration:00:31:35

The Talk | Larry & Rebecca in Conversation – Part One of Three.

1/19/2022
This is part one of three for a mini-series of episodes we are calling “The Talk.” Hosts Larry and Rebecca Gifford are also the guests this week. They will check on how each other is doing physically and emotionally. They will talk about personal priorities, advocacy, and how chronic disease changes and challenges the dynamics of a family. We will also get into what gives us hope. In part one, that you are about to hear – we are talking about where our life sits from a practical perspective,...

Duration:00:27:35

Deep Dive into DBS | Part Two of Two: Shake it Off

12/22/2021
Larry & Rebecca Gifford dive deep in to deep brain stimulation (DBS). We learn about the innovative technology used for DBS from Dr. Alfonso Fasano, the chair of Neuromodulation and multi-disciplinary care at the University of Toronto and University Health Network. Sonia Soriano-Espert from Valencia, Spain, through translator and friend Sabela Avion, shares her experience of having DBS surgery conducted by a robot. This interview first aired on ODNA PK radio in Spain. The hosts are PD...

Duration:00:48:25

The DBS Journey | Part One of Two: Your Brain Controls Everything and We Can Control Your Brain

12/8/2021
Larry & Rebecca Gifford dive deep in to deep brain stimulation (DBS). We challenge the Neuroscience perception that the brain is everything we know and do, and everything we are. We believe, more than just a brain that makes us human, empathetic, and real. This first part prepares you for the surgery. We call it DBS 101. We will explain terminology detail the lead up to the surgery, and tell you why it matters where the lead wires are placed in your brain. We explore our personal hesitations...

Duration:00:39:50

The Brain Under Siege

11/24/2021
The first three episodes of Season 4 of When Life Gives You Parkinson’s go deep inside the brain. It has been five years since the United Nations recognized one BILLION people or one in six person’s alive today on the planet suffers from a neurological disorder, from Alzheimer and Parkinson disease, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy to migraine, brain injuries and neuro-infections. Each year, nearly 7 million dying from neurological issues each year. Every two-and-half minutes,...

Duration:00:42:06

DELAYED: This pod and the WPC

6/16/2021
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...

Duration:00:06:08

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

5/26/2021
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...

Duration:00:53:20