Parkinson’s Disease Destroyed My Life. Then I Tried Deep Brain Stimulation.

Parkinson’s Disease Destroyed My Life. Then I Tried Deep Brain Stimulation.

Anne, Stan, and grandson Louie during vacation in Mexico, 2019. INSET: Anne post-op in 2017.

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[Editor's Note: On June 6, 2017, Anne Shabason, an artist, hospice educator, and mother of two from Bolton, Ontario, a small town about 30 miles outside of Toronto, underwent Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat her Parkinson's disease. The FDA approved DBS for Parkinson's disease in 2002. Although it's shown to be safe and effective, agreeing to invasive brain surgery is no easy decision, even when you have your family and one of North America's premier neurosurgeons at your side.

Here, with support from Stan, her husband of the past 40 years, Anne talks about her life before Parkinson's, what the disease took away, and what she got back because of DBS. As told to writer Heather R. Johnson.]

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