Parkinsons Awareness Pins Bring Attention to the Disease
Parkinsons awareness pins help bring attention to parkinsons disease. Shaking hands, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance. These are all symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a chronic and progressive disorder in which the body cannot make enough dopamine (the chemical that controls movement) due to dying nerve cells in the brain. The disease is most often recognized as the one Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with in 1992. However the reality is that between 7 and 10 million people worldwide are afflicted with Parkinson’s. In fact Jerry Sloan, NBA Hall of Famer and previous Utah Jazz coach, recently announced his own diagnosis of the disease.
Despite research, there is currently not a cure for Parkinson’s. Often times those diagnosed can manage their symptoms through medicine and the right doctors, but they cannot reverse the effects. Like those with other incurable diseases, those with Parkinson’s disease hope that further public awareness will help lead to more research and a cure.
April is Parkinson’s disease awareness month, an opportunity to show support and publicize the disorder. Many participate in community events geared towards increasing understanding, wear pins and badges of promotion, or take to social media to share their stories. Fittingly, April is a time when many flowers begin to bloom and the tulip is the official symbol of Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation specifically uses a yellow tulip with three prongs for its symbol. The color is meant to represent hope and optimism, and the number of prongs designates their three part mission: research, education, and advocacy.
At PinProsPlus we know several people who struggle with this disease daily, and although April is only one month in the year, learning more about Parkinson’s, as well as supporting it and other causes, is something we and everyone can do year round. Create custom awareness pins with us and consider wearing Parkinsons awareness pins to show your love and support.