Within the last five months of 2014, Allison Toepperwein separated and divorced her husband, was forced to sell her home, and with her young daughter, move back in with her dad. Then, on December 31, 2014, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at just 37 years-old. As she put her four-year old daughter, herself and the year 2014 to bed that night, she said, “This is not how my story is going to end!” She rose with the sun, a new year and a new beginning. Four days later she began blogging and two months later began exercising as her doctor, Dr. Joseph Jankovic considered it part of her treatment. Toepperwein has been a regular contributor to the HuffPost. In 2016 she was selected out of more than 75,000 athletes to compete on American Ninja Warrior. Her story on the hit NBC show inspired thousands. In January 2020 she ran her first marathon, the Chevron Houston Marathon, amongst injuries and very little training. Allison along with her daughter Emma are featured in APDA's Look Closer Public Service Announcement. In August of 2020, she was contacted by Steven, a recent divorcee who also has Young Onset Parkinsons Disease. They met and fell In Love With Parkinsons. Allison packed up her daughter, cat and bunny and left her Texas home to begin a new chapter of her Lit Within journey. Steven and Allison now vlog about their shaky lives, that are calmed by their love, in a series on YouTube called In Love With Parkinsons found on Lit Within's channel. Allison is in the process of publishing a children's book she wrote and illustrated based on her cat and feeling broken. And she travels through out the country speaking about her journey and overcoming obstacles. She looks at life with Parkinson's as a blessing. Thanks to her faith, her family and friends, she is a force to be reckoned with.
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