Preds' Peterson diagnosed with Parkinson's
Posted 20 April 2004 - 12:43 PM
Peterson diagnosed with Parkinson's
Nashville Predators associate coach Brent Peterson has confirmed he is suffering from Parkinson's disease.
Peterson says he informed team management and the players on Sunday and elected to go public with the diagnosis in order to quell any wild speculation.
"I was a little concerned. I didn't want anyone to know because I didn't want them to treat me differently," Peterson tells the Tennessean. "I didn't want them to think I was a leper or something.
"I feel a little relieved now that everyone knows, so I can just go forward."
Peterson, a former player, says he began experiencing a tingling sensation in the fingers in his right hand over a year ago but did nothing about it. After several months had passed, he started to feel stiffness in his right hand and began noticing that his right arm wasn't swinging quite the way it should when he walked. Peterson went to see the doctor, who referred him to a neurologist, where the diagnosis was made.
Parkinson's Disease is a slowly progressive neurodegenerative illness characterized by tremor, stiffness, slowness of movement and difficulty with balance. In Canada, there are approximately 100,000 people suffering with Parkinson's and more than half of them are diagnosed before retirement age. Treatment options include drug therapy, surgery, and physical therapy. Drugs alleviate the symptoms but do not halt the progression.
Peterson, who was given a contract extension by the team on Monday, says he expects to continue his duties with the Predators while receiving treatment for his disease.
"I plan on coaching for 10 or 15 more years," he said. "Hopefully things will get to the point that I'll always be able to do my job."
Peterson is friends with former Boston Bruins star Cam Neely, who is also a friend of Canadian actor and avid hockey fan Michael J. Fox, who is one of the more prominent people diagnosed with the disease. Pope John Paul II and Muhammad Ali are also battling with the ailment.
The artist formerly known as RD
Posted 20 April 2004 - 12:48 PM
Posted 20 April 2004 - 12:49 PM
but geesh.. it gets WORSE AND WORSE this year doesn't it..
I saw CRASHER trip a kid on skates and then he stole the kids lunch money and slapped his mom when she came to pick him up.. All because the kid looked at his crease
CRASHER's official list of high stick victims from this forum:
gionta182, devilsfan26 .... WHO'S NEXT??
2005 Fantasy Football League Champion... Bow to my Football knowledge !!!!!!
2003-04 NJDevs.com winner of the Masterton Award for Dedication to the Devils(still proud of that one !)
4, Four (!?!?) Time (2005-2008) NJDevs.com winner of the Whoever the damn Award for the funniest poster in the land is named after...(geesh... post pressure, but I seem ok with it!)
TWO TIME (2005, 2006) Award Winner and the man who can show Jeremy Roenick what a REAL loudmouth is all about.... hell this mouth roars SO loud, they retired the DAMN AWARD!!!! But how do you be emotional about an award for being most emotional when you're sharing it?
2008 NJDevs Stanley Cup Winner for best overall poster... where's my damn ring?
June 6, 2007... the NHL dies just a little bit.....
.. April 20, 2008...it gets a little better
Posted 20 April 2004 - 12:59 PM
Best wishes and prayers.
"We've let the fans down. People pay good money and they've always had pride in the Devils." -- Scott Gomez
Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:33 PM
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 01:37 PM
Posted 20 April 2004 - 04:20 PM
Those Devils are Damn Good... DAMN GOOD!!!!
Posted 20 April 2004 - 05:42 PM
How much Mat could a Matvichuck chuck,
If a Matvichuck could chuck Mat?
Posted 20 April 2004 - 07:58 PM
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Posted 20 April 2004 - 08:00 PM
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