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Michael Quaglia YOPN PODCAST

My name is Michael Quaglia, and I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 42 in October 2006. For the next eight years, I worked tirelessly to climb the corporate ladder, hoping to accumulate enough wealth before the symptoms of the disease forced me into early Retirement. Looking back, I wish I had made different choices.

In 2014, I stumbled upon two articles that changed the course of my life. The first was a study by the Cleveland Clinic, which found that "forced exercise" could significantly improve Parkinson's symptoms. The second was a video made by a small non-profit organization called Rock Steady Boxing, which demonstrated the benefits of non-contact boxing for people with Parkinson's.

Inspired by the potential benefits of exercise and boxing for Parkinson's patients, I dedicated my life to helping others and myself fight back against the symptoms of the disease. As a result, I have become an advocate for people with Parkinson's and an active member of the Parkinson's community.

To help get the word out in 2016 I started a Podcast "2 Mikes" with a friend Mike Achin. Seven years later we're sponsored by the Young Onset Parkinson's Network, we have numerous cohosts and our content resonates with the PD community.

Before my diagnosis, I worked as a Sales Manager for Engineering staffing agencies, but my journey with Parkinson's has led me down a different path, one in which I find fulfillment and purpose in making a positive impact on the lives of others.

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Perspective Of A Carepartner - George Ackerman &Raquo; Yopn
Perspective of a carepartner – George Ackerman

The YOPN Podcast is thrilled to welcome George Ackerman to our community. George a PhD, is a dedicated advocate for the Parkinson's Disease (PD) community. Following the passing of his mother, Sharon …

The YOPN Podcast is …

The YOPN Podcast is thrilled to welcome George Ackerman to our community. George a PhD, is a dedicated advocate for the Parkinson's Disease (PD) community. Following the passing of his mother, Sharon Riff Ackerman, on January 1, 2020, due to complications from Parkinson's Disease, George has tirelessly worked to advocate and educate everyone about PD. In honor of his mother's memory, George initiated a movement with TogetherforSharon.com, distributing wristbands to commemorate her legacy. Join us, sit back, and immerse yourself in this enlightening show as George shares his insights and experi…

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Rhythms Of Resilience: Navigating Life’s Challenges With Carl Beech &Raquo; Yopn
Rhythms of Resilience: Navigating Life’s Challenges with Carl Beech

The Young Onset Parkinson's Network is delighted to introduce Carl Beech, a prominent figure on TikTok and the Chief Executive Officer of Spotlight YOPD, a non-profit organization in the UK. In additi…

The Young Onset Park…

The Young Onset Parkinson's Network is delighted to introduce Carl Beech, a prominent figure on TikTok and the Chief Executive Officer of Spotlight YOPD, a non-profit organization in the UK. In addition to his role as CEO at Edge Ministries, Carl wears many hats – he's an author, keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and broadcaster. Importantly, he is a passionate advocate for raising awareness about young onset Parkinson's. What sets Carl apart is his openness, exemplified in his role as an open book. In this interview, he candidly discusses the profound topic of forgiveness, steering aw…

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Unveiling Resilience: Journeys Beyond Challenges &Raquo; Yopn
Unveiling Resilience: Journeys Beyond Challenges

The Young Onset Parkinson's Network is privileged to present a touching interview with Gavin Mogan. Imagine the shift from being the one in need of care to becoming the Caregiver, all the while mainta…

The Young Onset Park…

The Young Onset Parkinson's Network is privileged to present a touching interview with Gavin Mogan. Imagine the shift from being the one in need of care to becoming the Caregiver, all the while maintaining a unwavering focus on the positive aspects of life. Just a couple of months ago, Gavin faced the heart-wrenching loss of his wife, Amy, after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Keep your tissues close as Gavin shares how his journey with Parkinson's has prepared him to navigate through this difficult time and beyond.

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Unlocking Minds: Conversations That Inspire With Anna Grill &Raquo; Yopn
Unlocking Minds: Conversations That Inspire with Anna Grill

Anna Grill is the driving force behind the Young Onset Parkinson’s Network (YOPN). She was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) at 38 while excelling in her career and juggling fa…

Anna Grill is the dr…

Anna Grill is the driving force behind the Young Onset Parkinson’s Network (YOPN). She was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) at 38 while excelling in her career and juggling family life. After keeping her condition a secret for a decade, Anna publicly disclosed her diagnosis and noticed a lack of YOPD resources. This inspired her to create a community and provide support for those with YOPD in a positive environment. Anna is an advocate, a Parkinson’s Foundation volunteer, and an Ambassador for Supernus Pharmaceuticals, residing in Northern Virginia with her family.

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Unstoppable Stories: Susan Scarlett And Bj Bement On Life, Love, And Triumph Over Parkinson’s &Raquo; Yopn
Unstoppable Stories: Susan Scarlett and BJ Bement on Life, Love, and Triumph Over Parkinson’s

This episode contains candid discussions about suicide and may not be suitable for younger audiences. The YOPN Podcast proudly features captivating interviews with two remarkable individuals, Susan Sc…

This episode contain…

This episode contains candid discussions about suicide and may not be suitable for younger audiences. The YOPN Podcast proudly features captivating interviews with two remarkable individuals, Susan Scarlett and BJ Bement. Susan Scarlett's love for life shines through every facet of her existence. She embraces roles as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, student, and friend. In 2015, she learned that she is also a Person with Parkinson's (PWP). Initially, the mention of "Parkinson's Disease" left her feeling numb, much like anyone else in that situation. However, Susan was swiftly enveloped by th…

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