GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Now that the holiday season is upon us again, what used to be a time of laughter and cheer for Larry Schneiderman, CEO of Schneiderman Furniture, can easily become overwhelming and stressful.
Earlier this year, Schneiderman publicly revealed that he is among the 20-to-30,0000 Minnesotans now living with Parkinson's Disease, a progressive, neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure.
Schneiderman is still able to function pretty well for someone who has been living with the disease for more than eight years, but he says the holidays have become a very challenging time of year for him.
"It's especially hard because I can't do everything I used to do," he said. "The Parkinson's symptoms vary with every individual, but one of the most difficult to deal with is unpredictability. Without any warning at all, a person with Parkinson's can go from feeling pretty good to feeling very poor accompanied by who-knows-what."
Schneiderman shared his story and talked about his new book, Nobody Knows What We Sweep Under The Carpet on the KARE 11 4 p.m. newscast on Dec. 22.