SHARE YOUR STORY DBS Therapy for Parkinson’s

HELP OTHERS FIND RELIEF

Sharing your experience with DBS for Parkinson’s can be a powerful way to help others who have Parkinson’s Disease.


Write a Testimonial

WRITE A
TESTIMONIAL

Tell us about the symptom relief you’re experiencing and how your life is different today. Medtronic may share your story in our education materials and on our website with others who are considering deep brain stimulation (DBS). You can reveal as much or as little about your journey as you like, and your name can be kept confidential.


APPLY TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR

APPLY TO BECOME
AN AMBASSADOR

As a Patient Ambassador, you can share your story in one-on-one phone calls with people who are considering DBS. It's a unique opportunity to help those who are seeking candid answers from someone who has "been there" already. You can make as many calls as you like, at a time that works for you.


Speak Out In Your Community

SPEAK OUT IN
YOUR COMMUNITY

Movement disorders are complex, and many people aren’t aware of all the resources and therapy options available. You can help change that by sharing your story. Here are some tips for talking about your diagnosis, treatment, and results in your local community.

Posting on social media:

  • Share your story on the networks you already use
  • Join Parkinson’s groups on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Be open about the realities of your experience
  • Contribute consistently and be open to questions

Sharing face-to-face:

  • Contact local support groups for Parkinson’s
  • Offer to speak at community centers, libraries, and hospitals
  • Sign up to help educate at a local health fair
  • Tell your doctor you can speak with prospective patients

Speaking with journalists:

  • Connect with a reporter covering health, community, or features
  • Think of a personal story or experience that really captures how you feel
  • Recall key details about your symptoms, diagnosis, therapy, and results
  • Prepare two or three simple, clear points to repeat during your interview

HOW TO CRAFT YOUR STORY

Here are some important questions to ask yourself as you prepare your story:

  • What makes your story yours? What is unique about your experience?
  • What do you want people to remember? How you felt? Big decisions? Your results?
  • How much do you want to say? Share what feels comfortable.