My Cousin Matt – Hope for early onset Parkinsons

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Parkinson’s case offers glimmer of hope for future research | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Latest News

Parkinson’s case offers glimmer of hope for future research

08:46 PM CDT on Friday, August 15, 2008

By JEFFREY WEISS / Staff Writer

DALLAS – Matthew Greenstein is living a story about illness, failure and a chance at redemption. He’s also an example of how, in an era when medical research is mostly about crowds of scientists and millions of dollars, a little luck might still make a difference.

Some of the details of his life are like an anti-lottery ticket: Matt has Parkinson’s disease at an age — 32 —when almost nobody has it. He has psychological issues that require medication — but most of the medicines are either bad for people with Parkinson’s or not strong enough to treat Matt’s problem.

But here’s the kicker: A couple of months ago, right after his Dallas psychiatrist prescribed his one remaining choice of medication, Matt’s Parkinson’s got a lot better.

And, finally, I’m proud of Matt for having the guts it takes to tell this story.

If you know someone with Parkinson’s, please pass this story on. Maybe they can learn something, or be helped.