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Insight into Williams' battle with Parkinson's
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Scott Layman made the decision to have deep brain stimulation to treat a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease. There's quite a contrast watching him walk before and after the surgery, which is why Layman doesn't want those with Parkinson's to feel despair.
"In terms of Parkinson's, you have a choice to make. I had a choice to make. Either you lay down and die, or you fight ,and I had to fight," said Layman.
Layman's team at the University of Cincinnati's Mayfield Clinic says those with Parkinson's may be at higher risk for depression.
"What is interesting, is that since Parkinson's is a neurotransmitter problem, depression also seems to be a neurotransmitter problem," said Dr. George Mandybur of the Mayfield Clinic. "As we help adjust some of that, it may help some of the depression as well."
Layman says getting medical help allowed him to be more active, which Dr. Mandybur also says may help reduce symptoms of depression. "Get involved in something, help people out, help yourself out, that's what I did," said Layman.
He did it through the Putt For Parkinson's, which has raised more than $100,000 for Parkinson's research.
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