Parkinson’s Disease Leads to the End of the “Cul de Sac” Cartoon

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As a big fan of “the funny pages” and newspaper cartoons, I was saddened to see that “Cul de Sac,” the wonderful series created by Richard Thompson.  The family he drew showed the world through a child’s eyes.  According to news reports, the cartoonist decided to end “Cul de Sac” because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease, first diagnosed in 2009. Mr. Thompson is 55 years old, and has become so weakened that he is unable to meet the demands of a daily comic strip.  In notes to the talented cartoonist, readers recommended he try “Deep Brain Stimulation” (“DBS”).

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Deep Brain Stimulation involves innovative surgery that uses a pacemaker-like device to stimulate the bran, reduce symptoms, and help many people who have Parkinson’s disease improve their quality of life.  If you want more information about DBS, there is a free educational lecture sponsored by Medstar Georgetown

  • Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
  • Place: Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner, 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA  22102
  • Program: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Reception & Refreshments: 11:30 – 12 noon

Attendance is free, but registration is required.  Please call: 202-342-2400

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