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    OK, so last week I go to the docs for a left side tremor, and shortly thereafter I am diagnosed with Parkinsons. Early onset, but confirmed Parkinsons.....at 50yrs old.

    While I obviously have been pouring through everything I can get my hands on about the disease, I have very little "hands on" knowledge of what I am about to face in the field. I am currently a very active hunter and flyfisherman. Not sure just how this is going to affect my time outdoors down-the line?

    Are there any FAOL folks out there with Parkinsons? And if so, how has it affected your time on the water? Tying knots, wading, etc? How fast has it progressed for you? What have you done that has been beneficial? I would truly appreciate any insight you all could provide me.

    Thanks much,

    Ralph

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    Steve Bodio, the writer and outdoorsman, has the disease. Here is a link to his blog:

    http://stephenbodio.blogspot.com/


    You might try contacting him; he may have some input, insight, or some other ideas for you. I am sorry to hear of your troubles; good luck to you.
    There have never in history been so many opportunities to do so many things that aren't worth doing. - William Gaddis

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    I can't answer any of your questions Ralph, but I can tell you you are in my thoughts and on my wifes prayer list.
    All the best.
    Mike

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    Not Parkinson's, but my father had ALS
    Even before diagnoses, the first indication was that he no longer felt comfortable wading.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.
    --- Horace Kephart

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    Ralph. Have nothing to offer in the way of experience, but I offer my prayers.
    Bruce

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    Folk, I certainly appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

    Ralph

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