My Story

Parkinsons patient walked 1,080 miles

My Story

My name is Chris Dacus and I live in Hawaii with my wife Cheryl.

In 2006, I started showing signs of having early onset Parkinson’s Disease and was finally diagnosed in 2011. I retired in December of 2016 to take better care of myself. I was at the height of my landscape architecture career when Parkinson’s Disease started to make my job more and more difficult. My hands were vital as my work required me to type, draw and write. However, my hands became more and more inflexible until in mid 2016, I was reduced to 1-2 hours a day of work. It was readily apparent I had worked too long.

I had four neurologists and countless other medical staff that helped me but their focus was on medicines and surgical solutions. I knew there was more I could do. I spent countless hours researching what is proven to work for Parkinson’s disease. I discovered a number of strategies that complement my medical team approach that make a difference, which I would like to share with you called the ‘Get Moving plan”.

My physical therapist suggested I share my results and my walk with others. So one week before I left for Europe I created a website with the Get Moving Plan with a travel blog. I walked 1,080 miles in 90 days in 2017 from the Pyrenees to Rome to inspire myself and to show others with Parkinson’s disease that they can do amazing things too.

I am already researching my next adventure. Ideas include walking the Appalachian Trail, bicycling from Vancouver to the Grand Canyon via Denver and a host of other ideas. I know if I keep moving, everything  will be ok because Parkinson’s isn’t going to prevent me from having a great life.

My best days are ahead of me!