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Spotlight on Carlos (Spain)

In 1988, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 38 years old, Carlos decided that his life wasn’t over; instead a new life was beginning. Despite his symptoms of slowness of movement, impaired balance, and changes in speech, Carlos remained optimistic. As he searched for an effective treatment Carlos refused to let Parkinson’s take over his life stating, “Parkinson’s disease can be difficult, but only if you let it control you.”

When his journey with Parkinson’s began, Carlos’ daughters laughed at his inability to peel fruit and clumsiness with the house keys, but they would soon realize it was no laughing matter. As Carlos struggled to find an effective therapy, he finally decided with the help of his family and doctor in 1999 that he would undergo Deep Brain Stimulation, or DBS surgery. His surgery was successful and Carlos was able to cut back on his large quantities of medication.

As President of the Spanish Federation of Parkinson’s, Carlos spreads his message of hope throughout the Parkinson’s community. Today, Carlos continues to receive treatment in addition to muscular and physical therapy. He still enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working with electronics, reading, and one of his favorite hobbies, model trains. Carlos knows the importance of educating others about Parkinson’s and by doing so has found a strong support network.

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