The best people to tell you about deep brain stimulation are those who have experienced it themselves. Use these stories to help you decide if DBS may be right for you.
The following stories recount the experiences of individuals who are receiving Medtronic DBS Therapy. Medtronic invited them to share their stories candidly. As you read the stories, please bear in mind that the experiences are specific to each particular person.
Karen and Jim were each diagnosed with Parkinson's before they met. Both were frustrated that they couldn't do the simplest things despite endless changes in Parkinson’s treatment. See how their lives changed after getting DBS surgery.
"When you think you're down for the count, and you get your life back, it's indescribable. They gave me back my life."
With four young children, Anna didn’t have time to worry about a little clumsiness in her left hand. But when others started to notice her tremor, she decided to see a neurologist. He diagnosed Anna, who was in her early 30s, with Parkinson’s disease.
"It felt extremely empowering to know that there was something out there that could make an impact on my ability to continue in my profession, take care of my family, and live as normal a life as possible."