Dianne Karlstad (left) knows her Parkinson’s disease will progress to the point where traveling 30 to 60 miles to a support group won’t be feasible. On Aug. 19 she will conduct Luverne’s first Parkinson’s disease support group at 1 p.m. in St. John Lutheran Church. The meeting is also for caregivers like Karlstad’s significant other, Harold Hess.

'I needed to talk about it. My life has changed.'

It’s been almost a year since Dianne Karlstad of Luverne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

She said she visited three doctors because she couldn’t accept the explanation of why her right hand shook as she wrote and why she couldn’t walk distances without losing her balance.

“I needed to talk about it,” Karlstad said. “My life has changed.”


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