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Day One: Today's the Day!

Parkinson's disease (PD) is more than a movement disorder. In order to care for and provide the best quality of life for people with and affected by PD, we must explore, understand and share our stories.


Day One is a unique, engaging, and evidence-based writing program developed and tested in an Interdisciplinary Health Sciences doctoral program. We incorporate Cinema Therapy, which means we look at popular films to understand what they are saying to us and how we might use what we see, hear and feel to positively impact our lives.


Participants meet online, for 90 minutes once a week for 16 weeks to explore a film broken down against Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. We then share our writing with each other, learning and discovering we are not alone. We develop strong ensembles and build communities of courage and action with our stories.

There are currently four versions of the Day One program, with more coming soon, inspired by popular films that inform the Hero's Journey. Click below for more on each of the films and how we use them.


"I'm a prisoner in my own body," Muhammad Ali

The stories we tell ourselves shape our reality, including how we feel about Parkinson’s disease, whether we are conscious of them or not.  The feeling of being trapped, stuck and isolated are commonly reported by people with Parkinson's. Dr. Ray Dorsey, author of Ending Parkinson’s Disease, says the PD community needs to speak up. 

In this powerful new evidence-based class, developed in a PhD study, people with, affected by and serving the  PD community, will explore, write and share their stories from the perspective of feeling imprisoned by PD.  What stories are keeping you locked up? 

 See the schedule below for current and upcoming classes. 

Full course

We are seeking sponsors to allow writers in the PD community who don't have the funds to participate. Click on the above pdf for details.

Turning Parkinson's Disease Inside Out
Start/End date: May 20, 2024 - Sept. 2 2024


Fielding your Dreams
Start/End date: June 18, 2024 - Oct. 1, 2024

Parkinson's Prison and the Hero's Journey to Escape!Start/End date: TBD - starts late Aug, 2024 



Need help with your tuition?

Please don't let the cost of the program keep you from signing up. Click on the fundraising document (to the left) to learn how you can fundraise to earn your tuition.



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