Earlier this fall, singer Linda Rondstadt announced she had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Like most people with the disease, she experience symptoms long before diagnosis. In Rondstadt’s case, she found herself unable to sing for four years before her diagnosis.
Since her announcement, Linda Rondstadt has published her memoir entitled Simple Dreams and given interviews about her career and Parkinson’s including one on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Like many people with Parkinson’s I have met, Rondstadt expressed stoicism in the face of the disease and the journey she is traveling. She spoke about her grandmother who also had Parkinson’s and her grandfather’s efforts to find a cure while Rondstadt’s grandmother was alive.
If you get the chance to listen to this interview, I encourage you to do so. It is enlightening and filled with a healthy dose of perspective for all of us. Click here for the Fresh Air interview with Linda Rondstadt.