Cleveland Clinic anesthesiologist and Air Force veteran Sara Whittingham, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2020, recently participated in the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii. Her participation not only showcased her resilience but also highlighted a study on the beneficial effects of strenuous exercise combined with medication in slowing the disease’s progression. Whittingham emphasizes the importance of hope and perseverance for Parkinson’s patients, citing her journey from considering disability to competing in an IRONMAN.
- Sara Whittingham, after her Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2020, engaged in a study examining the benefits of intensive exercise combined with medication for managing the disease.
- Whittingham recently completed the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii, marking her first triathlon since her diagnosis.
- Beyond the personal accomplishment, her IRONMAN participation aimed to raise awareness about Parkinson’s and demonstrate that those with the disease can achieve remarkable feats.
- Dr. Walter praises Sara’s journey as both touching and inspiring, showcasing the potential of medicine and exercise collaboration in combating Parkinson’s.
- Sara emphasizes the importance of hope, recalling her transition from contemplating disability in early 2022 to participating in a challenging triathlon by late 2023, encouraging Parkinson’s patients to continue dreaming big.