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Coach Harvey Carroll’s story

November 28, 2012

Living with Parkinson’s Disease
By Norma Dittman Murray County News staff writer

Ringing in his ears and a noticeable stiffening in his back as he walked across the Fulda High School gymnasium were the first symptoms that indicated something was “wrong” to Coach Harvey Carroll. It was then that the Carroll’s began a year-long process of doctors visiting in an attempt to try to determine what was causing Coach Carroll’s problems.

During a visit to a neurologist in Sioux Falls, Coach Carroll was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He was given medication for Parkinson’s. Knowing very little about the disease, but believing that it is “something that affected older people and made them tremble,” Coach Carroll called the doctor’s office shortly after starting his medication. His question to them was, “How do you know this is Parkinson’s Disease?” The answer he received was, “If the medication helps with the symptoms, it probably is.”

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