Lynn Hubert was diagnosed in 2013 at age 59; her first symptoms were tremor on her left side and dystonia in her feet. Lynn describes herself as a researcher, saying “the more I know the better I feel.” She looked up her symptoms and asked her family physician if she has Parkinson’s; in response to her questions he said “why would you want to know since there’s no treatment?” Lynn sought a second opinion at the OHSU Parkinson’s Center, and has received care there since that time.
Currently, Lynn also has Restless Legs Syndrome, and also said that prior to beginning treatment she felt like she was having difficulty thinking clearly. Fortunately, all of Lynn’s symptoms respond very well to Sinemet. She says that when she takes her medication people generally can’t tell that she has PD. She does take extra carbadopa to counteract nausea from Sinemet.
Lynn spent 27 years running call centers for a large national company. On receiving her diagnosis she told her co-workers, and she felt like she was treated differently by her supervisor despite having no difficulty doing her job. In response she retired, and has found the reduction in stress to have been extremely helpful. She says “retirement has given me time to sleep, to eat better, to exercise and enjoy family and friends”. She does some consulting work; this works well although she needs to watch out for stress from over-scheduling.
Lynn’s exercise program includes bicycling, yoga, paddle boarding, and hula hooping. Walking is difficult due her dystonia. Once each week she attends the Rock Steady boxing class in Tigard.
Lynn’s advice for people who have been newly diagnosed is to reduce stress, exercise more, and find people who will support you. Overall, she recommends being up front about having PD.
The photo was taken at Lynn's beautiful home in Albany, Oregon, where she and her husband Glen have lived for the past 18 years.