NY Knicks Executive Talks about Parkinson’s Disease, UF and Better Days Ahead

John Gabriel former Orlando Magic GM and current NY Knicks Executive talks about how he is beating Parkinson’s Disease.

He threw himself into his work, scouting dozens of games in Orlando and beyond and spending week after week with colleagues in New York. Gabriel would take a cocktail of medicines, including Sinemet three times a day, and he would attend seminars featuring Michael J. Fox and keep appointments with Irene Malaty, his doctor at the Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital.

Gabriel finds himself being more careful on the stairs, and he feels more at ease standing than sitting. Malaty said Parkinson’s can cause fatigue and loss of energy, leaving the stricken with cramps, a slower and stiffer gait, and unpredictable mood swings. Gabriel tries to manage the vile effects of the disease through exercise, rest and work. Sometimes he has good days, and sometimes he doesn’t.

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Michael Okun

Professor of Neurology, expert on Parkinson's disease and other basal ganglia disorders, deep brain stimulation, author of over 300 research papers and the bestselling book…

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