Advocates for Parkinson’s disease go to D.C.

West Virginia

Families have their ups and their downs, but sticking together when times get rough makes bonds stronger than ever.

“I had to have faith and say, you know if Dan can do this, I can to,” said Angie Hott, an educator in Morgan County.  

Ten years ago, Angie’s husband, Dan, received news that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disease that impacts your body and your brain.

“Everybody is different — their symptoms are all different. So I now take 12-14 pills a day just so that I can function,” said Dan, Air Force veteran.   

For the Hott family, life with Parkinson’s is challenging, but it was this very diagnosis that brought them closer.

“Once I closed down my business, I got to spend more time with my kids, so I tell everybody it was a blessing for me in disguise,” Dan said.

The disease was so impactful that it also inspired Angie to write a blog connecting with others in similar situations.

Next week, the Hott family is heading to Washington D.C., for the Parkinson’s Policy Forum to share their story and encourage members of congress to support policies for people living with disease.

“This is our story and these are our families. We live with Parkinson’s disease. Please fund research for a cure and better treatments,” said Angie.

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