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Exclusive Clip: 'Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s' Debuts on PBS’s Independent Lens

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PBS' new documentary film, Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s follows patients suffering from Parkinson's disease. PBS’s Independent Lens premieres Monday, April 8 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Meet these Parkinson warriors in this exclusive clip.

Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s will also be available to stream on the PBS app.

About “Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s”
Parkinson’s disease (PD) develops when nerve cells in the brain stop making dopamine. PD strips away motor abilities, causing a wide range of symptoms, from tremors and falling to dementia and depression. “Matter of Mind: My Parkinson's” presents the poignant stories of individuals as they manage symptoms and treatments, along the way to living fulfilling lives. Each is a tale of determination where, through ingenuity and adaptation, they offer insight into what it means to live with a degenerative illness.

About the Three Parkinson’s Warriors 
Peter Dunlap-Shohl is diagnosed with PD at the age of 43. As a political cartoonist, he contemplates his future and how he will continue to draw as his motor control declines. In his home state of Alaska, there are no Parkinson’s specialists, so he moves to Washington state for better care. He transforms his journey, with its comedic highs and somber lows, into a graphic novel. 

Veronica Garcia-Hayes lives in San Francisco’s Mission District. She was diagnosed with PD when she was pregnant. Twelve years later, she manages progressing symptoms while raising a preteen daughter. She channels her energy into physical fortitude, becoming a boxing coach and an advocate for exercise, one of the most powerful methods of slowing the progression of PD. 

Juan Solano is a Puerto Rican optician. He owns a mom-and-pop eyeglass shop in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood but worries for the business’ survival as his PD symptoms grow more acute. In hopes of altering the disease’s progression, he pursues deep brain stimulation, a surgery in which electrodes are implanted in the brain.

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