I'm a specialist in English as a Second Language as a teacher, teacher-trainer, and writer/editor of textbooks. I'm married to a supportive, loving man. I have three stepchildren, and ten step-grandchildren. I was diagnosed with PD in early 2007, but I suspect I had it for at least ten years before that—strange gait, intermittent stiffness in shoulders and lower back, tremors in my right hand, a right leg that feels like it belongs to someone else, and miniscule handwriting. I’ve been working out diligently (Silver Sneakers, weights), and I feel stronger and more in shape even with the symptoms.And here's my newest love: Zumba Gold. It's axiomatic--the worse I get, the more I need to move. The more I move, the better I feel. I've even started an ESL program in my area and I decided to teach one of the classes--it has been a thrill to know that I can still do it. (If MJF can star in a new sit-com, I can teach! What an inspiration!) Actually, the dyskinesia makes me a "peppier" teacher. I move around a lot, acting stuff out, explaining concepts, and it's working well.