David Schneider is a retired lecturer at a college in Japan where he taught English for many years. He was diagnosed in 1996, when he was 46. David says “PD isn’t a death sentence, but it is a life sentence. You are going to have to deal with this the rest ofyour life, so you had better get used to it.” The hardest things about having PD for David are the difficulty he has in starting and stopping moving, and the extremely sudden wearing off of the Sinemet he takes.
David has a very insightful blog post entitled Five Things I Think I Know About Surviving on the Job with Parkinson’s Disease. You can find this post on the National Parkinson’s Disease web site at: http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/my-pd-story/david-schneider. This post is part of the My PD Story section of this site, which contains many inspiring personal stories from patients, caregivers and other family members.
This portrait was taken at the Torii Gate art installation memorializing the internment of Japanese American citizens beginning in 1942. The installation is located at the Portland Expo Center stop at the end of the MAX yellow line. In 1942, 3,676 people of Japanese descent were held on the grounds of what is now the Expo Center while awaiting transport to more permanent camps in California, Idaho and Wyoming. The location is significant to David because of his strong connection to Japan, (he taught there for many years and his wife is Japanese) and his personal friendship with the artist, Valerie Otani. He believes that 25 years living in Sri Lanka, Korea and Japan has given him a different kind of perspective on the United States and its responsibilities as a country in the world community.