Roy Roden has always had an adventurous spirit. The 55-year-old and his wife Lynn enjoy participating in many interesting outdoor activities together. Roden and Lynn recently completed their most challenging journey yet — a 4,500 cross-country bike ride to raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s disease.
As recently as last year, these activities would have been unmanageable for Roden — one of the more than 1 million Americans living with Parkinson’s. Diagnosed in 2008, he began experiencing difficulty over time with basic tasks, such as eating and getting dressed. Each day he was taking 10 different medications, and their effectiveness was waning.
Last July, Roden made the decision with his neurologist and family to pursue Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy, during which a small, pacemaker-like device sends electronic stimulation to a specific area of the brain that controls movement....More