At 39 years old and with no family history, Bill Kiehl found out he had Parkinson’s disease. It was total shock for him and his wife Holly. “The neurologist at the time did say ‘oh you’ve probably got ten good years to go,’ that was 11 years ago luckily,” Kiehl said. Over the years he says his side effects from all the medication got worse and worse. Three years ago he underwent surgery for deep brain stimulation.
Doctors precisely placed an electrode in his brain, mitigating the symptoms of the disease.”We’re controlling his Parkinson’s symptoms, he has no more of the swings, motor fluctuations,” said Dr. John McVicker, with UCHealth’s Memorial Hospital.