Mom with early Parkinson’s diagnosis recounts deep brain stimulation

A previous version of this story incorrectly named the surgeon who performed the operation. The doctor who performed the operation is Dr. André Machado.

Nicole LaBolle was in her 20s when she developed a tremor in her right hand.

She was pregnant with her first child and as her pregnancy progressed, the tremors got worse. Once she gave birth, she couldn’t even use her right arm.

“No one thought it was Parkinson’s because of my age,” LaBolle said, adding that on his 28th birthday he was diagnosed with the disease.

LaBolle reflected on his journey as a young person with Parkinson’s disease in celebration of Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

She is now 39 years old and lives in Pleasantville, Pennsylvania, about 2 1/2 hours from Cleveland, where she underwent a procedure that significantly improved her quality of life.

A pacemaker for the brain

Dr. Andre Machado performed the operation, called deep brain stimulation, at the Cleveland Clinic in November 2022.

Dr. Kristin Appleby is also a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic who treated LaBolle. She said deep brain stimulation is like a pacemaker for the brain.

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