Mickey's Story and The Fight Against Parkinson's
Mickey, mother of our co-founders Brian and Eddie Bluff, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 20 years ago in 1997 at the age of 59. Mickey’s struggle with Parkinson’s over the years has been significant, but she has always maintained a positive outlook and remains engaged with family and friends despite the continual advance in her condition.
Mickey worked as a Research Nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. Over a period of months, she began finding it difficult to move as quickly as she once did. Friends and coworkers started noticing that she was walking slowly. Despite visits to a number of doctors, no one was able to put a name to her condition. Then, one day, a nursing school friend, who’s dad had PD, visited Mickey and very quickly guessed the cause. A neurologist confirmed the suspicion - she had Parkinson’s Disease.
Within a year, Mickey found it impossible to continue working and left the job she loved at Roswell. Mickey lived independently until she needed help performing day-to-day tasks like preparing meals and maintaining her home. In 2004, Mickey moved into an assisted living facility near her home in Amherst, NY.
By 2010, her required level of care had grown beyond what was available as she found it increasingly difficult to dress herself, attend meals, and as she really enjoyed, participate in activities. On August 24, 2010, Mickey moved into the skilled nursing facility at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford, NY. Mickey continues to struggle with her advancing disease and since breaking her hip is confined to a wheelchair.
Defeating Parkinson's Disease is something that means a lot to not just the Bluff family, but the Site-Seeker family as a whole. Please join our fight and donate to our Michael J. Fox team today!