When Hans vanHamond was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in late 2021, it was a confirmation of the battle he had been waging for almost two years.
“If anything,” Hans said. “It just confirmed what my family and I already knew.”
Because for almost two years prior to his diagnosis, Hans had been living with the symptoms of the disease. His muscles were stiffening, his movement slowing, and his balance was worsening.
Hans’ family noticed that in addition to the physical symptoms, the disease had also taken a toll on his confidence. They observed a shift in his personality, as his once sharp wit and sarcastic remarks became shrouded by a cloud of anxiety.
“It’s really the things we take for granted,” said Diane, Hans’ wife. “Like getting into bed or changing your clothes. On some days, it can take Hans close to ten minutes to do those things.”