Woman battling Parkinson's disease to try out for 'American Ninja Warrior'

Allison Toepperwein, 38, nearly paralyzed by disease 3 years ago

HOUSTON – A Houston woman going against all odds is planning to try out for one of the toughest shows on television.

"I'm throwing fear out (of) the water," Allison Toepperwein said. "I am not going to ever feel that way again."

"American Ninja Warrior" is all about pushing strength, hanging on and holding tight -- a challenging feat even for the fit and healthy.

If you look at Toepperwein now, you'd never know just three years ago she was nearly paralyzed by Parkinson's disease.

"When I was first diagnosed I had incredible pain," she said. "I  wasn't able to type for three years and 48 hours on the medicine and all of the sudden I can move both hands." 

Every Parkinson's patient is different from the other -- how they react to medications, what type of meds work better for them. 

For the 38-year-old mother, who was already active, doctors at Baylor knew exercise would be her best chance to stay mobile.

"In my case, it has had such a profound effect that not only is it slowing, dare I might say, it could be reversing it." Toepperwein said. 


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