“I lost my fine motor skills,” she said. “That’s why I stopped working.”
She takes three different medicines, faithfully rides her bike, and practices yoga to keep her body and mind strong.
About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the degenerative neurological disorder each year. Most are men over the age of 60.
At 58, Mollohan said she wants to be a face behind the disease and give others hope.
“I had to put a face to it,” she said. “It’s not always a debilitated old person.”
Mollohan hopes people will learn more about Parkinson’s Disease and support her ride effort.
She said riding in the race sparks her commitment to not only her own health, but the overall cause.
“When I first did the ride, there’s something that triggered in me that day,” she said. “It just keeps you going. It’s more in the head, not the legs.”
Susan Mollohan said she has no way of knowing what lies ahead.
“This disease, there’s no way to know what’s coming down the pike,” she said.
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