Parkinson's Awareness Month: A Bridgeport woman’s struggle and efforts to help others

Wendy Tones, 51, suffers from end-stage Parkinson’s, a condition characterized by severe rigidity of the muscles and limbs.

News 12 Staff

Apr 15, 2023, 4:40 PM

Updated 401 days ago

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A Bridgeport woman is sharing the story of her health journey during Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
Wendy Tones, 51, suffers from end-stage Parkinson’s, a condition characterized by severe rigidity of the muscles and limbs.
Due to the condition making it difficult to walk or stand without falling, Tones is mostly bedbound.
"At any given moment, I could freeze up and not be able to walk,” she said. "I cry a lot sometimes because the suffering is indescribable.”
Despite the hardship Parkinson’s disease has caused her, she says she gets through with the help of humility, humor and faith.
"I try to fight every day,” she said. "My biggest challenge is to stay positive.”
Tones donates her DNA to the New England Research Institute every six months in order to help experts find new treatments and medications.
“I hope and pray they find something to ease the pain of Parkinson's,” she said.
Tones hopes sharing her story will call attention to the condition and help people understand those afflicted by it.


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