Kathy K. joined The Recovery Project only one month following her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in September 2015. At that time, she walked with a limp and experienced difficulty walking on uneven surfaces. This was especially difficult for Kathy, someone who enjoyed exercising at least five times per week.
She initially completed a therapy program that lasted close to three months. However, Kathy returned to The Recovery Project for additional therapy when she had a lapse in symptoms. After another round of therapy, this time Kathy transitioned into The Recovery Project’s Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) program, which offers exercises geared toward individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
After just a few short months of continuous participation in PWR!, Kathy reported an increase in her level of energy and improved balance. She also worked to maintain her improvements by walking, riding a stationary bike and doing water aerobics.
“I know for sure that I would not be where I am today without coming here for PWR! classes,” Kathy said. “I can walk better, move easier and get off the floor by myself should I ever fall. I wouldn’t be able to do any of these things if I wasn’t coming to The Recovery Project. I feel like I am doing so well now that no one can even tell that I have Parkinson’s disease.”
Today, Kathy continues to attend PWR! classes twice a week and recently joined Rock Steady Boxing, which she says is an incredible work out. The wellness programs ensure she stays on a smooth road to recovery under the care of her physical therapists. Kathy has had no further decline in her condition, she is more independent and her quality of life has improved tremendously from two years ago.