At the age of 42, after experiencing a tremor in her left pinky, Jennifer was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Her first thoughts were shock and fear, as this diagnosis never crossed her mind. She knew nothing about Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Initially, her main concern were her children and how the disease would impact their lives.
While living with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging, she has never asked the question, "Why". With the help of her faith and her very supportive family and friends, she knows she will persevere. Rather than feel sorry for herself, she is determined to make something positive out of the situation. She is using her passion to provide means for continued awareness and research for a possible cure.
Shortly after Jennifer's diagnosis, Shakin' Not Stirred Corporation was created. Jennifer decided she needed to be a voice and to bring hope to others battling with this disease. Since the Corporation's launch, Jennifer has successfully started a support group in Southeast Michigan; Jennifer has held several successful fundraisers and has had a presence throughout the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Florida at Parkinson's walks. The corporation is helping to bring a positive impact to people living with this disease. On a day-to-day basis, the goal is to continue to bring hope and awareness to anyone touched by this disease.