When her hand began trembling uncontrollably, Joan Samuelson decided she could no longer be a trial attorney. That day, five years after she was diagnosed in 1987 with Parkinson’s disease, was one of the worst in her life. “It felt like one minute I was standing on solid ground and the next a trapdoor had opened,” said the lifelong Lutheran. “All the certainties in my life were no longer there. When there is nothing else, that’s when you discover what faith is all about.”
|Pursuing support for Parkinson’s disease research, Joan Samuelson uses her skills as a lawyer to be an advocate for others with the disorder.|
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