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Woman with Parkinson's Disease prepares for brain surgery

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ELK RUN HEIGHTS (KWWL) - "I'm going to get holes drilled in my head next week," said Terry Hertges with a smile.

Hertges was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease almost 6 years ago.

She said humor is the best way for her to cope.

"I shake a lot," she said.

Hertges also writes songs about having Parkinson's Disease; she called her first song, "Parkie Blues."

"I always hoped if something bad happened to me...that I'd be strong, and I don't think I am sometimes," she said.

"I try to find something good in nature everyday, something pretty to look at -- bird, trees the sky," she added.

Hertges is preparing for "Deep Brain Stimulation," a procedure she'll have on Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. where medical wires in her brain and a small device placed in her chest will send electrical pulses to help reduce the effects of Parkinson's Disease.

"Actually what I hope it does is keep me like I am right now," she said.

Hertges, who started a support group shortly after she was diagnosed, said she wants others to realize people with Parkinson's Disease are just like everyone else.

Anyone looking for information about Hertges' monthly support group, which she said averages around 50 people, or the  "Deep Brain Stimulation" procedure can email her at beno08@aol.com or visit MayoClinic.org.
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