Carl Montpetit was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 43, and has described the diagnosis as “a slap in the face with a 2×4″. However, in the last two years, he has become involved with the Parkinson’s community and insists on speaking out about the disease to help minimize the stigma that PD patients can feel.
He doesn’t experience the most commonly-known symptom of PD- tremors- but he does experience muscular rigidity and slowness of movement, and has lost his sense of smell. He is constantly looking to learn more about Parkinson’s, and sees Michael J. Fox as a role model- the actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 30 and founded the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
To read more about Mr. Montpetit, click the link below to read an article from La Presse.