Getting to Know Elizabeth Dekle

My name is Elizabeth Dekle, I’m 27 and I was diagnosed Parkinson’s disease in 2011. According to my neurologist’s report, the onset was 2000.

Which SF Marathon event are you signed up for?
I decided to sign up for the Progressive/5k in February with the intention of walking the whole route. Now it’s more of a walk/run. My mother signed up for the Progressive/5k with me, so we’re cheering each other on!

I signed up for the marathon because I wanted to prove to myself that I am stronger than I ever thought I was – or could be. But, more than that, I know that there are people all over the world who are so limited by Parkinson’s that they can no longer walk. Shortly before my diagnosis I could barely walk three city blocks, and there was talk of getting a wheel chair because getting around was so difficult for me. That’s why I signed up with Team-Parkinson.

After receiving my diagnosis, I was afraid of living within the restrictions of the disease and had to make a promise to myself that no matter what each day brought, I’d try to walk at the very least half a mile each day. I started walking and haven’t looked back. Having grown so much in the past year, and having learned a lot about how to live well with and understand how Parkinson’s affects me, I was inspired to start my own support group – SF Parkinson’s Connect.

I know I never want to go back to where I was between 2006 & 2011 – shaking, quaking, and falling over, and that’s what keeps me going every day!

Elizabeth and her mom, Diane

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