NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) - A unique program is coming to the Tri-State designed to help people recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Out of 100 applicants, two local facilitators were selected to lead the course with a concept proven successful in empowering people across the country.
The ability to have influence over the conditions that affect our lives is what it is all about.
"It's more about what you think you can do with knowledge and skills as opposed to just having knowledge and skills." says PD SELF facilitator Janice Hatler.
It is a key mindset for people living with Parkinson's Disease, one that has changed the course of PD SELF facilitator Scott Bergen's life.
"I was doing it, but I didn't realize I was doing it," says Bergen.
Scott's now modeling his positive nature as a facilitator for PD SELF.
"It was kind of like a light went off, and it said to me if you know what you're talking about and you understand whats going to happen in the future how can I make my life better? How can I make my life with my wife better?" says Bergen.
The course is dynamic and interactive.
"It will be enlightening. It will be transitional. Any fears that they may have. Those fears are honest and real, but at least you can face them knowing that you have information to help you make better assessments about your life and try to progress in a positive way," says Bergen.
Participants then decide for themselves how to deal with their disease. For Scott, becoming an advocate for himself and now for the newly diagnosed Parkinson's community has given him a new purpose.
"You're not alone. There are other people who are affected as well. The worst thing you can do is isolate yourself from the community," says Bergen.
There are still spots open for the program, but you must sign up first. You can find all of the information about the course and how to register here.