Dave Jameson has taught Health & Physical Education, coached baseball and conducted Little League Instructional Clinics, along with coaching nearly every one of his son’s youth sports teams for 30+ years. He has been active his entire adult life; an avid Harley rider, softball player, parking lot attendant at Calvary Church, and more. Dave has always moved at full speed and always had a smile on his face!
At age 52, his wife, Sherilyn began to notice that his gait was slowing down, his energy was abnormally low, his countenance had changed and his left arm was no longer swinging when he walked. After many doctor appointments that spanned over two years he went undiagnosed until a family member, who is a doctor, noted that he “walked like someone with Parkinson’s.” That led to his diagnosis at age 54 and it was then Sherilyn learned that one of the first signs of Parkinson’s is developing “the Parkinson’s mask” when the one afflicted with the disease rarely ever smiles.
Five+ years into his diagnosis, Dave shuffles, has tremors, muscle stiffness and weakness, his energy is extremely low and he suffers from sleep disturbance most nights. Mental processing is slow for him, he can have difficulty dressing and daily chores are a challenge to complete and drain him of energy. Last October the disease forced him to take a Medical Leave of Absence from the job he loved and he will on Disability as of July 1st decreasing his salary by 40%.
This past January he went to Scripps Movement Disorder Center in La Jolla, CA to be evaluated by a neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s disease. Through the MDC and an expert medical team there it has been confirmed that Dave is the perfect candidate for DBS (deep brain stimulation) surgery. DBS has a 97% success rate and can give Dave back some quality of life by potentially lessening his tremors, improving his dexterity and balance/gait as well as allowing him to reduce his medication by up to 50%. Therefore, Dave and Sherilyn are returning to San Diego in July for his surgery. His treatment and after care will last about four to six months so Dave will likely stay there while Sherilyn travels back and forth between Pennsylvania and San Diego during that time, or vice versa if Dave feels well enough to travel.
I have created this gofundme page in an effort to help the Jamesons offset some of the traveling and costs for accommodations. We are not trying to pay for all of their extra financial needs but as friends and family would like to bless them by making a dent in those obligations that will quickly add up.
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