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"Woman with Parkinson's Disease Surprised with Service Dog" - Cathy Becker and Kate Roush

  • Good Morning America
  • New York, NY
  • (August 12, 2019)

A woman whose early onset Parkinson's disease diagnosis flipped her entire life upside down was surprised with a special furry friend to lend her a helping paw. Six years ago, Tennille Strode was a practicing nurse when she first noticed a twitch in her finger. That twitch became a hand tremor, and eventually the entire right side of her body was affected. "I was going to lose my career," said Tennille. Now, thanks to an increased awareness and understanding of Parkinson's disease, new therapies are being studied, said Fiona Gupta, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She added, “Service dogs can help with helping the patient with balance, getting up from a chair … getting the medicine or a water bottle, turning a light off or shutting a door.”

— Fiona Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Movement Disorders Outreach Program, Mount Sinai Health System

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