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Reid Bernard’s Story: The Transformative Impact of the Movement Disorder Clinic

Reid Bernard’s Story: The Transformative Impact of the Movement Disorder Clinic

Living with essential tremors can be a formidable challenge, yet with the right support and medical intervention, life can significantly improve. Reid Bernard, a long-time client of the Movement Disorder Clinic at Deer Lodge Centre, shares his inspiring journey and highlights the profound impact of the clinic’s work on his life.

A Life Transformed by the Movement Disorder Clinic

Reid Bernard’s journey with essential tremors began over seven years ago. Despite trying various medications, his tremors persisted, severely impacting his daily life. In a pivotal moment, Dr. Doug Hobson, a physician at the Movement Disorder Clinic at Deer Lodge Centre, suggested surgery. On February 28th, five years ago, Reid underwent a transformative surgical procedure, marking the beginning of a new chapter in his life.

Small electrodes were implanted in the brain and connected to a device similar to a pacemaker that is placed under the skin of his chest. The device sends electrical impulses to the brain, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), which helps regulate abnormal brain signals that cause symptoms of Parkinson’s. This procedure can reduce tremors and improve motor function, offering a new lease on life for patients like Reid.

Before surgery, Reid’s tremors made simple tasks like eating and writing nearly impossible. Spilled food and illegible handwriting were daily occurrences. The six-hour operation, during which Reid was awake, was intense but successful. This procedure, which now typically takes around four hours, drastically improved his quality of life.

Post-surgery, managing his DBS, the Movement Disorder Clinic gave Reid back his independence, allowing him to manage everyday activities with ease. 

The Movement Disorder Clinic gave me my life back. That’s the way I look at it. My wife can tell you some horror stories and I can tell you some more stories. We went to the Pancake house on Kenaston and McGillivray and at that time they had the sugar that you poured from a big spout. I put more on the guy behind me than I did in my coffee. Soup, rice, anything with noodles and there was more on me than there was in my stomach! This place has made a world of difference for me.”

Ongoing Support and Lifelong Management

Reid Bernard's Story: The Transformative Impact of the Movement Disorder Clinic 1Reid continues to visit the clinic annually and actively participates in their seminars. The continuous support from the clinic has been instrumental in managing his condition. The clinic’s staff, including Sarah, Jackie, and Steve, have been readily available to assist Reid whenever needed. This ongoing support has been crucial in ensuring Reid maintains a high quality of life despite his lifelong condition.

Throughout his journey, Reid’s family has been a pillar of support. His daughter, a pharmacy technician, played a vital role in managing his medications and supporting his transition post-surgery. The clinic’s seminars and the dedicated staff have provided medical care and a community of support, making a significant difference in Reid’s life.

The exceptional team at the Movement Disorder Clinic, particularly Dr. McGowan, has impacted Reid’s life. Reid’s appreciation for the team is evident in his thoughtful gestures, such as bringing homemade wine to the staff. The seminars organized by the clinic offer invaluable insights and support, further enhancing the lives of those dealing with movement disorders.

Encouraging Others to Seek Help

Reid’s message to others struggling with essential tremors is clear: seek help and consider the benefits of surgery. Despite the initial fear associated with brain surgery, the positive outcomes can be life-changing. Reid emphasizes the importance of starting the process early, given the current three-year wait time for surgery.

The Movement Disorder Clinic has played a transformative role in Reid Bernard’s life, significantly improving his quality of life and providing him with the tools to manage his condition effectively. For anyone struggling with essential tremors, Reid highly recommends seeking help from the clinic. The journey may be daunting but with the right support, it is possible to regain control and lead a fulfilling life!

RIGHT NOW ALL DONATIONS TO THE MOVEMENT DISORDER CLINIC WILL BE MATCHED, UP TO $10,000!

Reid Bernard's Story: The Transformative Impact of the Movement Disorder Clinic 2The Movement Disorder Clinic at Deer Lodge Centre stands as a testament to the power of specialized care and compassionate support in the face of movement disorders. Through the expertise and dedication of professionals like Gillian Barnes, Tara Chreptyk, and Michelle Mooney, patients find solace, empowerment, and hope on their journey toward improved quality of life and well-being.

Until May 31, 2024, every dollar donated to the Deer Lodge Center Foundation in support of the Movement Disorder Clinic, will be matched by a generous donor, up to $10,000!

Help us reach our goal of supporting treatment and care for people living with Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, and other debilitating movement disorders!

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