PLYMOUTH, Minn . – For nearly 30 years, Jean Abbott says she was told she had spastic diplegia, a form of cerebal palsy.
The disease caused her to suffer from muscle spasms, weakness and immobility.
For more than three decades, she tried to manage the symptoms of the disease, but never felt that she would have a normal life.
Even though she visited different doctors for second opinions, they all came back the same.
When she ended up overmedicated, Abbott visited a doctor who said he wasn’t sure she had cerebral palsy.
Abbott was diagnosed with Dopa Responsive Dystonia, which is often mistaken for cerebral palsy.
She was told that most of the symptoms she’d struggled with all of her life would disappear with just one pill.
Just two days later, she realized the medication had changed her life.
“I hadn’t stood without help for a decade,” she told The Mighty. “It was at that moment I realized the medication was working and my life had changed.”