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Parkinson's Treatment Helps Local Woman

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, Parkinson's Disease is a debilitating disease that attacks a person's motor skills and is mostly seen in people older than 50.

KULR-8's Cornelius Hocker meets a woman, who at the age of 32, faced a Parkinson's diagnosis.

"And so when it switches between programs it completely shuts off and so this is off ff until it gets switched over to the other program," says Denise Quick.

Controlling her Parkinson's disease symptoms is something Denise and her husband never thought would be possible after her 2009 diagnosis.

"I really thought Denise was probably not gonna make it frankly. This is something that I thought I'd be a single parent and it wasn't just my thoughts were on me, but what an incredible change it would be," says Adam Quick, Denise's husband.

After finding out about Denise's disease, the Quicks packed up their bags and headed off to Alaska because Denise, and her husband, both believed she didn't have much longer to live.

But then, they heard about a surgery that could give denise back the quality of her life and bring them back to Billings.

Dr. Stuart Goodman played a major role in giving Denise some hope.

"Surgery involves placing an electrode close to the center of the brain, purpose is to control some of the symptoms of Parkinson's that medications don't take care of," says Dr. Stuart Goodman, a neurosurgeon with St. Vincent Healthcare.

According to Dr. Goodman, deep brain stimulation is a procedure that was approved by the FDA in 2001 for the treatment of Parkinson's disease symptoms.

Soon after the FDA approval, Dr. John Mosley at St. V's was performing the surgery right here in the Magic City.

So why didn't Denise have the surgery in 2009?

"There's been a little reluctance to send people for the surgery because you always feel like there's a new medication around the corner that you can try. However, the data suggest that people are doing better by having the Deep Brain Stimulation earlier in their treatment."

More than a year after having deep brain stimulation, Denise is back to doing things most of us take for granted.

"It gives Denise the ability to have control on a disease you really have no control over."

Dr. Stuart Goodman says this procedure is becoming more common and if you believe you might be suffering from Parkinson's disease like symptoms, go to a neurologist and get yourself checked out.

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