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Surgery coming up once again for Jim. This has to do with his Parkinson's.
Ugh. Awful disease. Prayers.
My brother, an old guard member, is suffering from the same disease - it is a tough one as my wife used to be a therapist for these patients
Best to Jim as he deals with this. Is there any word on if he is thinking retirement?
The last one was for his back if I'm not mistaken and that left him in pretty bad shape for quite some time. I won't get into detail but I heard he had an excruciating recovery. I hope his recovery from this surgery goes much smoother. Prayers for Jim
He's definitely in my prayers. That is a very tough disease. I lost a family member a few years back with Parkinson's.
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My Prayers and thoughts are out to Mr. Jim Weaver and Family. He has been a tireless AD for VT and I Respect this Man . He's a VT Man 100% since he has been here !!!!
I think they can slow the process down a little bit and ease the side effects..
Here is a video about Ben Petrick at 27 was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Actually a good watch.. he has brain surgery to help ease his side effects.
ESPN Video: A five-tool player, Petrick was projected as the Colorado Rockies' catcher for the next decade, a future All-Star and possibly a Hall of Famer. Five years later Ben Petrick was out of baseball.
I have great respect for Mr. Weaver and wish him the best in his battle with this insidious disease. I know about it first hand.....my father died from this after coping with it for 15 years.
The brain has a small organ inbedded in it that produces dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical that allows one neuron (nerve cell) to communicate with the next one (basically pass along the small electrical charge of thought or message). For unknown reasons this small organ gradually stops making dopamine and the nerve cells lose their ability to communicate. There is a drug that can almost replace dopamine in the system, but its effectiveness is short (around 2 years) and then it becomes ineffective. Many new drugs are being tested, but are only a partial panacea. The area where this disease may finally become treatable is through stem cell research (like Diabetes). If they can "teach" stem cells to replace the cells of the organ that produces dopamine in the brain, then the effects could be dramatic. No cure however, until they can figure out the cause, and those may be many (trauma...see Mohammad Ali; pollutant/chemical exposure; viruses, etc).
For now unfortunately the outcome of the disease is certain. The only things they can do are treat the symptoms and slow the progression. Prayers for Mr. Weaver (and all who suffer from this monster).
Informative post Count. I believe this is Jims fourth surgery. We will pray for him and his family.
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