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Personal Stories



The following stories recount the experiences of patients using Medtronic DBS Therapy to manage symptoms associated with Parkinson's. Medtronic invited these patients to share their stories candidly. As you read the stories, please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to each particular person. Read and watch more patient stories.

Clare's Story

As Clare's Parkinson's disease progressed, Clare felt the world as she knew it was over. Her neurologist talked to her about Medtronic DBS Therapy for Parkinson's. Clare decided "I just had to do it."


Jerry's Story

Two years after his Parkinson's diagnosis, Jerry was forced to reduce his activity and stop practicing as a chiropractor. "Writing was also a challenge, and my speech difficulties compromised communication with my patients," says Jerry.


Linda's Story

"Psychologically and emotionally, it’s healthier for me to think of myself as a partner instead of a caregiver," reflects Linda, whose husband, Kirk, has Parkinson's. "We’ve been married for 42 years and have handled lots of things as partners."


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