NeuroJewology: A Tale of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s & Muscular Dystrophy in South Florida

December 15, 2019
Three Jewish teenagers in South Florida

Two friends from grade school share their stories of a diagnosis of a neurological condition. Marc has Multiple Sclerosis and Steve has Parkinson’s disease. I have a form of muscular dystrophy called myotonic dystrophy. It’s purely coincidental we all went to the same synagogue; there is no correlation between being Jewish and having a neurological condition.

Both Marc and Steve maintain positive attitudes. Marc has educated himself thoroughly about MS. Steve has tried different exercise programs customized for people with Parkinson’s and now facilitates a support group.

Steve has a travel planning business; you can visit his website.

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4 comments on “NeuroJewology: A Tale of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s & Muscular Dystrophy in South Florida

  1. Steve Rosen Dec 15, 2019

    While other episodes have made me appreciate my health, this one really has me counting my blessings and admiring Leslie for sharing her insights and experiences. We all have fears, we all have doubts, we all need to continue to move ahead. Hearing how others deal with their issues helps us understand ours.

  2. The LRRK2 G2019S mutation is a major genetic determinant of Parkinson’s disease (PD) across the world that occurs at an elevated frequency in Ashkenazi Jews.

    • Leslie Dec 16, 2019

      Wow! I had no idea and I bet many of our listeners weren’t familiar with this study. Thanks for sharing it, Mark.

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