Football Hall-of-Famer Forrest Gregg Shares Journey with Parkinson's
Professional football Hall
of Famer Forrest Gregg spent 40 years fighting for victory on the field. He
wasn't aware that after retirement, he would begin one of the biggest battles
of his life.
In 2011, Gregg was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a
chronic, progressive, neurological disease that affects movement. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
When he first learned of his
diagnosis, Gregg adopted the same attitude that earned him the nickname "Iron
Man" during his playing days: he tackled PD head on. Gregg recently learned
that along with the typical motor aspects of PD – such as slowness and tremors
or stiffness – there are also a wide range of non-motor symptoms. These include
fatigue, difficulty sleeping or memory problems, which can significantly impact
the lives of those affected.
The Parkinson's More Than Motion™ community, of which Gregg is a part of, was created as a
space for people with PD to interact and learn more about the full range of