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Making a Difference - Prevailing over Parkinson's

Tom Giesberg, DBS patient

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, a disease that affects the nervous system. Parkinson’s affects about one million people in the United States and ten million worldwide, according to Parkinson's Foundation. There's no cure yet, but CBS Austin's Allison Miller shows us one man helping others find a way to stop the tremors, making a difference in their lives and his.

Tom Giesberg was diagnosed eleven years ago. When his medication didn't work, he turned to brain surgery to try deep brain stimulation or DBS. Since then, his mission is to help others find the relief he now has, to take back their lives.

He started a support group in 2011 for Parkinson's patients. Tom says, at the meetings, there’s a mixed group of people interested in the surgery, their support team, and alumni, people that have come to the support team, have had the surgery, and have come back to share their experiences.

Here’s the link to Tom’s DBS support group if you’d like to learn more: http://www.capitalareaparkinsons.org/dbs-support-group/

Tom’s neurosurgeon is Dr. Anant Patel, with St. David's North Austin Medical Center and Central Texas Brain & Spine.

Tom’s neurologist is Dr. Robert Izor, neurologist at St. David's North Austin Medical Center and Neurology Solutions.

Interestingly, Tom’s disease and skill set as a software developer overlapped after his diagnosis. His startup created an app working with patients of other diseases, help them track their medication usage. He is the Co-founder and CTO of Audaire Health (https://audaire.com). At Audaire Health, they believe that patients with chronic disease have it hard enough. Their mission is to make their lives easier. Here is an article detailing the problem and what they are doing to address it: https://visanteinc.com/2017/04/collecting-specialty-medication-patient-adherence-data-the-easy-way/


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