- Richard Horn, 70, has Parkinson's disease
- Parkinson's is a progressive motor system disorder that can cause a gradual loss of movement
- Horn thought he would have to give up his passions: magic, music and woodworking
Richard Horn is a professor emeritus of physiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2010. The opinions in this article are his.
Philadelphia (CNN)For the last decade of my father's life, his hands shook uncontrollably. Normal activities like eating and reading the newspaper were challenging. I don't know whether his tremors were caused by Parkinson's disease. He didn't have any of the other typical symptoms, like difficulty initiating movements or shuffling while walking. His doctors thought he had so-called intentional tremors, which are often less problematic than Parkinsonian tremors.