Love and Other Drugs

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One of my favorite actresses is Anne Hathaway and when I found out she was doing a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal I became super excited. Looking more into what the movie, Love and Other Drugs, was about I learned it dealt with a couple going through their relationship while finding out one of them had Parkinson's disease. After sitting in on our recent class with the speaker, he informed us that he had Parkinson's. I related the two of these together because Parkinson's is really common in my family and my grandfather was diagnosed with it four years ago.

Parkinson's disease is defined as a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impaires the sufferer's motor skills, speech, and other functions. Some other more common symptoms include, shaky hands, trembling jaw, arms, and legs, and it usually affects people over the age of 50. 

I've always been really close with my grandfather so when we discovered he had Parkinson's disease it was really devastating. Also knowing it is genetic is a scary thing to think about as well.

In the movie Love and Other Drugs, Anne Hathaway's character develops Parkinson's and it increasingly becomes worse throughout the movie. To see all her side effects and they way it transformers her into a totally different person is extremely sad. 

I think this movie portrays a good understanding of what Parkinson's disease is and how bad it can effect some people. Although the movie has a happy ending, real life doesn't always work that way. I think it is important for people to truly understand what Parkinson's is because it effects millions. 

If you want to learn more about Parkinson's disease, here is a really great website that explains in detail more medical terms of what the disease is all about.


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I am really interested in this article because my Grandma is in a a nursing home with Parkinson's disease. So, as you related our guest speaker to the article, I related him to my grandma. I was also able to relate to your diagram because that is exactly what is going on with my grandma. I observe her every day and I notice these symtpoms getting progressively worse. I also love that movie!

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