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Governor Ed Rendell: Living With Parkinson’s Disease

– [Narrator] His experience and ideas can save the city millions of dollars, avoid bankruptcy and do it without raising taxes. He wants a new city council. He wants tough new judges. He’s the one candidate who has always made the right decisions. Ed Rendell, the right
direction for Philadelphia. (hopeful music) – [Dr. Stern] The governor came to us with symptoms that he wanted to know what was going on. And he knew something wasn’t quite right and he wanted to understand
better what that was. At that time, he had a tremor that was fairly typical
of Parkinson’s disease. He had a little bit of
slowing, slowing of movement. Also, a very typical symptom
of Parkinson’s disease. I think his expectations were, I have a diagnosis now, what’s going to happen
in the next few years? Am I gonna get worse? Am I not gonna be able to do what I’ve really wanted to do. And I tried to reassure him that, in my opinion, he was gonna be able to continue just fine. But I think it wasn’t until that actually happened that he felt liberated enough to share his message with the public. – Doctor Stern, he asked me to do this almost at the beginning. He said you’ll be a good symbol for people with Parkinson’s, you’re fighting Parkinson’s and someone as active
and vital as you are. I didn’t want to do it then, because I wasn’t sure that I wasn’t perpetuating a myth. That a year or two down the road, I would begin to deteriorate. So, now after three and a half years, I’m convinced that this has significantly worked to enormously slow the progress of this disease. Maybe even stop it. (contemplative music) – [Dr. Stern] The Governor
travels all over the place. He’s going a million miles an hour and 100 hours a day. – So we’re gonna do jab cross, Jo Ellen’s gonna do the hooks and then you do– – [Dr. Stern] And he has
maintained that schedule for the last four years. – Up. (motivational music) – Make sure you come back up to the face each time. Bring that posture a little bit taller. Little bit taller. – [Ed] And I was beginning to get a little shakier on my balance. – [Trainer] Right leg, give me jabs. – [Ed] And then what the therapist said was incredible. I mean, I started doing things I never thought I could do. – Hands out of those pockets. And you used to say to me all the time, when I’d give you something balance wise, you’d say, I’m never
gonna be able to do that. And now, we do it. We just keep upping the
challenge a little more. – [Dr. Stern] Our
treatment for the governor has been not to overload him with high doses of medications that might give him side effects in order will eliminate
his symptoms entirely. We’ve used physical therapy and exercise to supplement that. He’s intellectually sharp. He is on target, he is active, he is busy. And our mission is to keep him there. – It’s in everyone’s reach to get this type of regressive treatment. And it’s available to everybody. – [Dr. Stern] We are
actually making great strides in our understanding of what’s going on with Parkinson’s disease. So, when people talk to me about finding a cure, I try to refocus the attention on what we can do now. And what we’ll be able to do better in the near future. Which is significantly reduce disability. You know, we are already at a point where we can significantly reduce the disability associated with Parkinson’s disease. And we’re very proud of that at Penn and that’s the message that we really want patients to understand. – [Ed] I’ve always been
extraordinary blessed that I’ve loved my work. So I’m gonna continue working and with the help of Dr. Stern, I intend to stay active as long as I’m alive.

5 thoughts on “Governor Ed Rendell: Living With Parkinson’s Disease

  1. if trump wins PA in 2020…………will rendell be able to conceptualize it? Give it to me straight, doc. Don't sugarcoat it.

  2. Ed-

    Our paths cross again .

    I am using Dr. Daniel Kremens at JEFF and he is my Miracle Man. A local board certified neurologist gave me two years to livie and told me to get a cane. My youngest son is a JEFF doctor and he took me to Dr. Kremens. Man is a great doctor. He promised me a good 5 years if I followed his treatment, and maybe even 10 good years. It is now over 10 years with Dr. Kremens., and I still have not used a cane!

    The tables are turned. You were the one who was the better lawyer and t he far more successful politician. By far, I am the more experienced Parkinson's patient. If you ever want to talk, I would welcome the opportunity.

    Lots of luck.


  3. The movement disorders doctors at Pennsylvania Hospital are terrific as is the PT/OT department. They help give people with PD hope and really do slow progression!

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