It started with a twitch.
I was 36 years old, one of 400 people to have played in the NBA for 12 seasons, an elite athlete. And I had Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease.
As I started to meet other Parkinson’s patients, and people who knew others who were dealing with Parkinson’s, I saw that the ones who were proactive and exercising were doing a lot better than the people who weren’t moving around. The more I read about the disease, the more I learned that if you’re not up and active, you’re that much closer to shutting down.
When I realized that, and when I remembered who I was — an elite athlete, a 12-year NBA veteran, someone who knew all about nutrition and being fit — I finally found my place in the fight.
I aimed my foundation, the Brian Grant Foundation, at a new purpose: encouraging and empowering people with Parkinson’s to be proactive with their care.
Medication doesn’t work for everyone. But exercise that opens you up like Yoga and Pilates, as well as being conscious about your nutrition, is going to positively affect the way you progress. I guarantee, if you put me next to two versions of myself 10 years from now — one who is active, and one who isn’t — you’d see a major difference.