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Finding Your Way: Working through Emotions in Early Years with Parkinson’s (Webinar Replay)

Shock, doubt, anxiety — a diagnosis of Parkinson’s can trigger these and many other difficult emotions. This replay of audio from our Third Thursdays Webinar features a conversation among people with Parkinson’s about how they processed the emotional aftermath and navigated the early years following their diagnosis. We also hear from a psychologist who specializes in Parkinson’s on what she’s learned about how people deal with this life-changing diagnosis and ways to manage the emotions in a positive way.  

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This conversation is led by Larry Gifford, Patient Council member at The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), and features our panelists: 

  • Barry Grey, nonfiction writer, TV producer and book editor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2021 at age 65.  

  • Soania Mathur, MD, a family physician who resigned her clinical practice 12 years following her diagnosis of young-onset Parkinson's disease at age 28. She is now a dedicated speaker, writer, educator, Parkinson's advocate and member of MJFF Patient Council. 

  • Roseanne Dobkin, PhD, professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, and member, PPMI Executive Steering Committee. Dr. Dobkin has been conducting mental health research in Parkinson's disease for nearly 20 years. 

View a transcript of this podcast. 

Want to see the slides and other resources from the webinar? Watch on demand. 

Discover more resources and information for people newly diagnosed with Parkinson's at

Recently diagnosed and interested in participating in research? Our landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) study is recruiting people that have been diagnosed in the past two years and haven’t started taking Parkinson’s medication yet. To learn more, call 877-525-PPMI or email

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